Lt. David Maggio, a 20-year veteran of the Taos Police Department, was named “acting police chief" following Randall Parmer’s final day on the job yesterday, Friday (April 7).
“As most of you know, Town of Taos Police Chief Randall Parmer was called back to Florida to deal with important personal family issues and has found it necessary to tender his resignation, in effect at close of business today,” says a press release from Town Manager Rick Bellis. “We want to thank Chief Parmer for his contributions to the Town and the Department …”
Parmer had previously served for 31 years with the Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. He was appointed head of the Taos Police Department nearly one year ago (April 21), selected from a pool of 38 candidates considered to replace former police chief David Weaver, who retired in 2016.
During his time in Taos, Parmer is said to have overseen a staffing project that partly addressed what Bellis described as a “critical manpower shortage” within the department. Parmer himself said last fall that vacancies in approximately six positions meant that no more than two officers could be on-duty for each shift. As of the end of March, Parmer reported that four of the six positions had been filled.
“We are pleased to announce that we are just a few slots short of reaching our full duty roster goal,” the press release continues, “and more pleased to announce that an increasing proportion of our growing force is now being made up by a group of incredibly talented and dedicated young men and women born, educated and raised right here in Taos, with solid family roots to this community.”
Bellis said he and other town officials will consult police department command staff on “future needs of the department,” which will likely serve as important criteria as Bellis, town council members and Mayor Dan Barrone assess candidates over the next 45-90 days.
As second-in-command in the department, Maggio has filled in as police chief before - when Parmer transitioned into the job last year - and again, following Parmer’s departure this week.
Maggio is originally from Dubuque, Iowa, and has trained with the FBI National Academy and studied criminal justice at the University of Virginia. The longtime police lieutenant is expected to be among the candidates who will apply for the full-time job.
The press release states that all qualified candidates are welcome to apply for the open position. Public forums will be held at a later date, allowing Taos residents to meet candidates and hear what improvements they intend to bring to the department.