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New Chief Hired to Lead the Metropolitan Detention Center

07/20/2017

Former Bernalillo County Undersheriff Greg Rees is switching uniforms to become the next chief of the Metropolitan Detention Center, effective Aug. 7.

Rees has over 23 years of law enforcement experience, working his way up through the ranks at the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department – as deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, chief deputy, and undersheriff for the past two years.

“Greg Rees knows the community, the criminal justice system, and he knows Bernalillo County. He will be able to hit the ground running because of his knowledge and familiarity with how the jail, courts and law enforcement agencies work together,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “Lastly, I appointed Greg because he is a proven leader who can bring accountability and stability to the MDC.”

As undersheriff, Rees’s job was to oversee department operations, which included over 300 sworn officers and 100 civilians. He also has extensive experience working with collective bargaining units. At the MDC, Rees will be in charge of managing over 500 employees and approximately 1,200 inmates.

“During the past few years, MDC has made incredible progress in certain areas of its operation, and I believe, working collaboratively with the staff, we can keep the momentum moving in the right direction, addressing other challenges before us,” says Greg Rees, the newly appointed MDC chief.

Rees further states, “I’m grateful to County Manager Julie Morgas Baca for her confidence in my ability to effectively lead the MDC, and I want to thank my former boss, Sheriff Manny Gonzales, for the opportunity to serve as undersheriff in one of the best law enforcement agencies in the state.”

“Greg Rees has served this community honorably as a Bernalillo County law enforcement officer for more than two decades,” says Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales III. “I would like personally to thank Undersheriff Rees for his proven leadership and unselfish service to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Bernalillo County. I believe the selection of Undersheriff Reese as chief is a win-win situation for everyone.”

The Metropolitan Detention Center jail chief is a position tasked with overseeing the day-to-day operation and security of the jail, along with managing employees of the MDC. In addition, the chief ensures the continued maintenance of the facility, reviews and coordinates jail programs, and is responsible for developing and implementing the department’s yearly budget.

In an agreement Rees signed with the county, he will earn $150,000 a year and commits to staying on the job as MDC chief for at least three years. As an at-will position, the MDC chief can be appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the county manager.

Former interim jail administrator Tom Ruiz will remain on the job to assist Chief Rees with important administrative functions.

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