Gorden E. Eden, Jr.
Gorden E. Eden Jr.’s long and exemplary public service career began as a New Mexico State Police officer and included assignments in the Office of the Chief and the Training and Recruiting Division. Under the Department of Public Safety, he oversaw the Advanced Training Bureau until he was recruited by Northwestern University, Chicago IL, to serve as the Director of its prestigious School of Police Staff and Command, where he successfully expanded course offerings within the U.S. and internationally. He returned to New Mexico and served in other positions including Special Agent in the Attorney General’s Office and Director of the Motor Vehicle Division.
In May 2002, Eden was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the 19th United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico. In his 8 ½ year tenure, he successfully met the judicial security mission; created the Southwest Fugitive Task Force (SWIFT); led efforts to bring thousands of fugitives to justice; implemented the federal Adam Walsh Act related to sex offenders; and effectively expanded staffing to meet the growing needs of the District of New Mexico. As an active member of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Board, he was elected to serve several terms as Chair and Vice-Chair, representing the federal law enforcement agencies.
As a third-generation New Mexican, Secretary Eden is honored to serve as the Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Public Safety where he continues his collaboration with state, local and federal law enforcement partners to build safer communities. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration complemented by thousands of hours of advanced law enforcement, specialized and management training, and holds a U.S. Department of Justice Top Secret Security Clearance. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Governors Association Crime Policy Advisory Board; the National Criminal Justice Association Board and Advisory Council; the HIDTA Executive Board; the National Sheriff’s Association; the Drug Enforcement Advisory Council; and the New Mexico Sentencing Commission. He and his wife have been married since 1978 and have two children.
Patrick M. Mooney
Deputy Secretary Patrick M. Mooney has a strong law enforcement and military background with over 40 years of service to Federal, State and local departments. Pat Mooney served 7 years of active duty with the United States Air Force and another 21 years with the NM Air National Guard before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Mooney completed assignments as an Instructor; Intelligence Officer; Public Affairs Officer; and finally as an Inspector General. He completed a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.
His 25 years in federal law enforcement service started as a police officer with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and culminated with the U.S. Customs Service (I.C.E) in Albuquerque. Deputy Secretary Mooney held positions as Senior Pilot, Safety/Training Officer, Supervisory Agent and finally as Branch Chief. Deputy Secretary Mooney has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Shortly after retiring from federal law enforcement service, Deputy Secretary Mooney joined the Department of Public Safety in August 2003. He has served in both Special Investigations Division and the NM State Police Division.
NMSP Chief of Police
Pete N. Kassetas
Chief Pete Kassetas joined the New Mexico State Police in 1992. His first duty station was Grants, New Mexico as a patrol officer. In 1995, he was transferred into the NMSP Criminal Investigations Section whose primary focus is to investigate, prevent, disrupt, and detect violent criminals and felonious criminal activity that undermine the safety and security of the citizens of the State of New Mexico.
Chief Kassetas’ was promoted to the rank of patrol Sergeant in 1998 and was assigned to the Raton / Springer State Police District in northeastern New Mexico. By 1999, he accepted a Sergeant position with the Narcotics Section, where he administered the Region 3 Narcotics Task Force.
A promotion to the rank of Lieutenant followed in 2000, where he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section, where he supervised an investigative unit and the Crime Scene Unit.
Prior to his headquarters assignment, Chief Kassetas was the NM State Police Uniform Commander for District 5 – Albuquerque and District 6 – Gallup. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Major with direct responsibility of the Uniform Bureau. In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief overseeing the State Police Division to include Uniform, Investigations, Training and the budget.
On August 1, 2014, he was appointed as the 21st New Mexico State Policed Chief and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Law Enforcement Program. Chief Kassetas oversees the State Police, Motor Transportation Police and the Special Investigations Division with an overall commissioned strength of 750 officers and 250 civilian employees. He oversees a budget of $116 million.
Chief Kassetas is the past President of the Four States Peace Officer Association, which represents officers from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. He is a member of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Board, Office of the Medical Investigator’s Board and the New Mexico Search and Rescue Board.
Chief Kassetas is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command #161 and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Police Organization course. He obtained his Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts – Sociology degrees from New Mexico State University in 1992.
Chief Kassetas resides in Albuquerque with his wife and two daughters.