El Paso police chief Greg Allen has died. Here’s how the city’s leadership reacted to his death.

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.”

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

City of El Paso tweeted about Police Chief Greg Allen

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 Greg 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.”

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles: Lost a dear friend

“While the El Paso Police Department and the citizens of El Paso lost their beloved police chief, I also lost a dear friend. I met Greg Allen early in my career and later named him deputy chief because of his unwavering support for the patrolmen who worked in the field; this support continued during his tenure as chief of police. Greg was a strong believer in law and order and was firm in his commitment to bringing criminals to justice.

“I could go on and on about Greg’s accomplishments and confessions, but most of all I will miss him in our long phone conversations, during which we could express our feelings to each other. Today we have lost a dedicated public servant and a friend of many people. who has dedicated over 44 years of his life to serving his community. I will miss you Greg. On behalf of all the men and women of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, I extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Roseanne, his family and friends, and every member of the El Paso Police Department.”

El Paso National Security Investigations: Police Chief Was a Valuable Law Enforcement Partner, True Leader and Friend

“HSI El Paso is saddened to learn of the sudden death of Police Chief Greg Allen,” El Paso National Security Investigation Special Agent Francisco B. Burrola said in a statement. “We express our sincere condolences to the El Paso Police Department. Chief Allen was a valued law enforcement partner, a true leader and friend.

“Chief Allen has partnered with HSI El Paso over the years in the shared mission of our agencies to make El Paso the safest city in America. Gone too soon. HSI El Paso will always treasure his memory and be indebted to our great city. .

“Our heart goes out to his wife Roseanne and his entire family during this difficult time. They remain in our thoughts and prayers.”

State Senator Cesar Blanco: Dedication and self-sacrifice will not be forgotten

“I am saddened by the news of the passing of El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen,” State Senator Cesar Blanco said in a tweet Tuesday. “In his 40 years with the El Paso Police Department, Chief Allen gave his life to protect and serve our community—and for that, his dedication and dedication will not be forgotten.

“His family and friends are in my prayers.”

Former El Paso Mayor Di Margo: A phenomenal leader with character

“Chief Allen was a phenomenal leader with character. The integrity of our police force is the epitome of his leadership over the years, and I know firsthand how much he was adored and respected by the police.

“Adair and I offer our most sincere condolences and prayers for this great loss to his family, @EPPOLICE police and the city of El Paso.”

El Paso City Council reacts to Chief Greg Allen’s death

Three members of the El Paso City Council issued statements following the death of Greg Allen.

Rep. Cassandra Hernandez tweeted a photo of her family with the police chief and wrote: “The death of Police Chief Greg Allen is a huge loss to the city and our police department. Generations of police officers and employees have been led by Chief Allen. ; our hearts go to them.

“Thank you Chief Gregory Allen, rest in peace.”

Rep. Joe Molinar expressed his deepest condolences to the Allen family and said the chief was a great mentor and friend.

Rep. Isabelle Salcido tweeted: “We lost a great leader today. Chief Greg Allen has dedicated over 40 years of excellent service to the city of El Paso. My heart and prayers go out to his wife Roseanne, his family and all members of our El Paso Police Department.”

Daniel Borunda contributed to this report

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