Santa Fe mayor still backing police chief in the Jason Wagner case

February 24, 2015 Albuquerque Journal

Santa Fe Police Chief Eric Garcia continues to have the support of Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales in the wake of criminal fraud charges filed against Lt. Jason Wagner, a high-ranking officer who Garcia brought back to the department despite allegations of possible time card fraud raised by Garcia’s predecessor as chief.

Wagner’s Santa Fe attorney, John Day, strongly denied the charges against Wagner and said they’re political.

“He’s been cleared by two prior reviews and this is simply old school Santa Fe city politics and he looks forward to clearing his name,” Day said Monday.

“There is a lot of internal turmoil regarding the police department right now,” Day said.

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