ENMU police chief retiring

Freedom New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University Police Chief Ray Chambers is retiring after 26 years, according to a press release issued Thursday.

ENMU President Steven Gamble said a new chief is expected to be named by July 1. Chambers’ contract extends through June 30.

“We are grateful to Chief Chambers for his many years of service,” said Gamble. “He has been a true professional, and we will miss his leadership. We are glad that we will still have his services for a few more months during the transition to a new chief.”

Chambers originally worked for ENMU in 1978 as a patrolman, and then worked for the Portales Police Department from 1978-84. He returned as chief of ENMU University Police in 1984.

Chambers, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, has associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from ENMU in criminal justice. His professional memberships include the New Mexico State Police Mounted Patrol and Fraternal Order of Police.

The ENMU police were criticized after a Feb. 12 incident in which their records and witness accounts indicate they took 20-30 minutes to respond to a report of a student yelling at an instructor.