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NM Senate panel OKs state police chief nomination

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas appears headed toward an easy confirmation.
The Senate Rules Committee Wednesday endorsed his appointment as the state’s 21st police chief and sent it to the full Senate for final approval.
A number of law enforcement officers and deputies from around the state came out to support Kassetas and said they like what they’ve seen since he was appointed in August by Gov. Susana Martinez.
Kassetas faced no opposition and senators didn’t question the chief over recent shootings by state police officers that have drawn criticism from some advocates.
The 20-year veteran of the State Police replaced Chief Robert Shilling, who retired.
As chief, Kassetas will be paid around $103,000 a year.