Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Council Hires 3rd Officer.

Byline: Jean VanAman For the Journal

Tucumcari Native To Join Police Force

The Mountainair Town Council hired a third police officer at its Dec. 26 meeting.

Valentino Pacheco will begin duty Jan. 18. He joins officers Evangel Maldonado, who was hired in September; Bill Teaney, hired in October; and veteran police chief Don Lyles, who had retired but returned to active duty in October after three other officers resigned.

Pacheco, 29, was born in Tucumcari and raised in California. He is a Navy veteran who spent six months in the Persian Gulf. Pacheco currently works for Corrections Corporation of America at the Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia, where he has been employed for three months. …

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