Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has selected the state's public safety secretary to take over the city's troubled police department.
Berry Friday announced he picked DPS head Gorden Eden, a former U.S. Marshal for New Mexico, over two other finalists from Dallas and Houston.
Former Chief Ray Schultz retired last year amid controversy and a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations of excessive force and three dozen police shootings since 2010.
His interim successor, Allen Banks, announced earlier this month he is leaving to take the chief's job in Round Rock, Texas.
As head of DPS, Eden oversees the State Police, which have also faced criticism in recent months for a string of shootings, including that of an officer who fired at a van full of children after a chaotic traffic stop near Taos.