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BLOOMFIELD — Bloomfield Police Lt. Randon Matthews will serve as the city's interim police chief. The Bloomfield City Council approved his appointment during its Monday evening meeting.

The city’s current police chief, Randy Foster, is retiring and moving to Camp Verde, Arizona, where he will work as the town marshal/chief of police.

Prior to naming Matthews, the City Council presented Foster with a plaque recognizing his four years of service as the chief of police.

“We came to Bloomfield, we made it our home,” Foster said. “We embedded ourselves in the community and it’s going to be hard to leave.”

Matthews has an associate degree in criminal justice from San Juan College and is working on completing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice through Eastern New Mexico University.

He is a 2018 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2017 graduate of Leadership San Juan.

Matthews has been on the Bloomfield police force since 2006 and previously worked for the Farmington Police Department.

Councilor Sue Finch asked Matthews what he likes most about Bloomfield.

Matthews said he likes being able to make a positive impact in the lives of youth.

“That’s what keeps me coming back is trying to make that difference and seeing these teenagers that could go either way,” he said.

He said the city’s small size allows police to have a larger impact in the teenagers’ lives.

“We can actually make a difference in a small community,” he said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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