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NMSU Police Department celebrates promotions, achievements

The New Mexico State University Police Department gathered this week to celebrate five recent promotions within the department, to recognize employees with extended service to NMSU and to bring attention to some notable achievements.

Five NMSU police officers gather between the American and New Mexican flags.
Members of the NMSU Police Department promoted during the past year include (left to right): Chief Stephen Lopez, Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen, Lt. Brandi Texeira, Lt. Brandon Downs and Cmdr. Jeffrey Harvey. They were recognized during a ceremony Dec. 19. (NMSU photo by Emily C. Kelley)

Raul Ortiz, police officer; Brandi Texeira, police lieutenant; and Kenna Eversole, emergency dispatcher, were recognized for their roles in helping prevent a potentially violent public threat situation from occurring during the fall semester. The three each made significant contributions in identifying the threat and taking appropriate measures that helped bring the situation to a safe conclusion.

"These three people were instrumental in preventing a potentially violent situation on campus this fall," said NMSU Police Chief Stephen Lopez. "They had several run-ins with the individual and ultimately prevented him from potentially harming anyone on campus."

Alvin Johnson, emergency dispatcher, was recognized for 25 years of service to NMSU. Paul Stinnett, police officer, was recognized for 15 years of service to NMSU, for more than 25 years of combined service to New Mexico's institutions of higher learning. He previously served for more than 10 years at New Mexico Tech. Rafael Chavarria was honored for reaching 10 years of service to NMSU.

Those promoted this year include Stephen Lopez to chief, Andrew Bowen to deputy chief, Jeffrey Harvey to commander, Brandon Downs to lieutenant and Brandi Texeira to lieutenant. All were ceremonially pinned during the celebration.

"The promotion process is arduous, especially for those promoted to lieutenant," Lopez said. "They have a vast amount of information to know, understand and be able to apply to the job. The important duty of leading people in this department falls to them. When they're on duty, they're responsible for anything major that happens at NMSU, including our other facilities around the state."

NMSU Senior Vice President for External Relations and Chief of Staff Ben Woods attended the ceremony and said, "This organization holds itself to extremely high standards through extremely challenging times. In today's world, there are a select few people that put others before themselves. I'm proud of you and this university owes you our deep thanks."