Portales police chief resigns

PNT staff

Portales Chief of Police Doug Jones is resigning after less than one year at his position, according to Portales City Manager Doug Redmond.

Redmond said Jones, who has been with the department since November, was not asked to resign.

Redmond, in his second month as city manager, said he requested a meeting with Jones on Wednesday afternoon to discuss issues within the department and issues with Jones. Redmond declined to comment on the issues discussed.

He said Jones resigned during the meeting and that he expects a resignation letter today.

Redmond declined to say why Jones is resigning. The city manager said he did not have a timeline for when Jones would be leaving.

When reached by phone, Jones declined to comment on the matter.

Redmond said Jones did not have his New Mexico officer certification as of Wednesday, a requirement for him to be police chief. Jones has a year to obtain it from the date he was hired.

Jones’ annual salary is just under $63,000.

Several Portales city councilors declined to comment on Jones’ resignation, citing it as a personnel issue. Councilors also declined to comment whether Jones’ performance was discussed during an executive session Tuesday at the council’s bi-weekly meeting.

Jones has been with the department since November, when he replaced longtime chief Jeff Gill.

One of three finalists named, Jones had almost 27 years law enforcement experience as a special agent with the FBI and as a director of training with the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department, according to his resume.

He was living in Florida at the time he was hired.

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