Dominguez has resided in Las Cruces since 1985. He graduated from the Las Cruces Police Department’s 34th academy and has served as interim chief since the retirement of Patrick Gallagher earlier this year.
Dominguez served as deputy chief of field operations 2016-18 and in September 2018 was named deputy chief of investigations and administrative support services.
He also has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, patrol sergeant, lieutenant in patrol and special services and west area commander.
“The city is certainly going to benefit from the experience Dominguez brings to this position. He has served the city for nearly two decades. We look forward to what Dominguez and his law enforcement team will bring to the city," said City Manager Ifo Pili.
“It’s always great to see the chief coming from within the department,” Mayor Ken Miyagishima said. “It sends a message to the new officers that, work hard, do your best, have a college degree and you might become chief someday. Chief Dominguez will be great. [He brings] tremendous experience to the job, he knows the community and knows what is needed at this critical time. Looking forward to great things from the chief,” the mayor said.
Dominguez was chosen from an initial group of eight qualified candidates who were further narrowed down and interviewed by a city hiring panel. Remaining candidates were then interviewed by an employee panel and community panel before final interviews conducted by Pili.
Source: Las Cruces Bulletin