El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen dies after leading department for nearly 15 years

Longtime El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen has died after overseeing El Paso’s period as one of the nation’s safest major cities during his nearly 15 years in charge of the police department.

Allen’s death was announced Tuesday afternoon by the city of El Paso. The cause of death was not disclosed.

“We lost a great leader today,” El Paso Mayor Oscar Lizer said. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen was not only an incredible police chief, but also an incredible son, husband, father and friend.

“He earned the respect of every officer in his unit, and I am proud to call him my friend. We will miss him greatly, and the City of El Paso will forever be indebted to him for his leadership. wife Rosanna and all his family during this difficult and painful time. He was a respected member of our city family and we mourn with them.”

City manager Tommy Gonzalez also mourned Allen in a statement.

“This is a terrible loss for Chief Allen’s family and it’s heartbreaking for us, his family in the City, because he meant so much to our organization and our community,” Gonzalez said. “We offer our deepest condolences to his wife Roseanne and his entire family.”

Allen was named El Paso’s first African-American police chief in March 2008, after previously serving as acting chief following the retirement of former chief Richard Wiles.

In 1978, Allen joined the El Paso Police Department, starting out patrolling the Central and West Sides. Over the decades, he rose to the position of deputy chief of the Central and Pebble Hills Regional Command Centers.

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