Former Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman has been hired as Texico’s police chief.
Bowman was selected Tuesday night and will take the department’s reins Monday, according to City Personnel Director Doug Scioli.
Scioli said there were seven applicants for the position, and “(The decision) was very difficult. They all were good.”
A city of about 1,000 positioned about 10 miles east of Clovis, Texico does not have high crime, Scioli said, but does experience high traffic along U.S. 60/70 /84.
“He'll be a blue collar police chief. He'll be expected to do everything that everybody else (in the department) has to do,” he said.
Bowman’s salary is $35,000, city officials said.
Bowman, 34, said he was excited to learn he had been selected for the position and is glad to get back into law enforcement.
“I think it’s going to be a good fit,” said Bowman, who has been doing general electric and small engine repair in the year and a half since he lost a 2006 bid for Curry County sheriff. “I think I’m going to make the city of Texico proud,” he said.
The Texico position opened up in March when John Mares announced his resignation after four years in the position.
Mares is running for De Baca County sheriff.
“I have just been wanting to get back in law enforcement and this was a good opportunity for me and I just felt like it would be a good fit,” Bowman said.
“That’s where my heart and my desire is.”
Bowman, who will command two officers initially, said he hopes the force can be increased in the future.
Bowman said he needs to get in the position and assess its status so he can begin developing plans for the future.
“Every agency, I think, can move forward and I’m just going to have to get in there and see,” he said.
“I’m just going to get in there and jump in with both feet and go.”
Bowman has been in law enforcement 10 years, he said.