Longtime El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen has died after nearly 15 years with the department.
Allen’s death was announced Tuesday afternoon by the city of El Paso. The cause of death was not disclosed.
He 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 rank of Deputy Chief of the Central and Pebble Hills Regional Command Centers.
Mayor Oscar Lizer: We have lost a great leader
“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 of El Paso tweeted about police chief’s death
The City of El Paso tweeted Tuesday afternoon: “The City of El Paso is saddened by the news of the death of longtime Police Chief Greg Allen.
“Chief Allen joined the City of El Paso in 1978 and was appointed Chief of Police in March 2008.
“End Watch January 17, 2023”.
El Paso Fire Department: Rest in peace, sir.
“Our hearts and thoughts are with Chief Allen’s family and friends, and with our brothers and sisters in the El Paso Police Department.
“Thank you for dedicating your life to our community and for so many years of wisdom and camaraderie. Rest in peace, sir.”
City manager Tommy Gonzalez: Heartbreaking for us
“This is a terrible loss for Chief Allen’s family and it breaks our hearts, his family in the City, because he meant so much to our organization and our community. “We offer our deepest condolences to his wife Roseanne and his entire family.”
FBI El Paso: Chief Allen fought for the city of El Paso
The El Paso FBI released the following statement on Twitter Tuesday night: “The El Paso FBI is saddened to learn of the passing of @EPPOLICE Chief Gregory Allen. Chief Allen fought for the city of El Paso and made it one of the safest cities in the country. We want to express our condolences to his family, the men and women of #EPPD.”
Daniel Borunda contributed to this report