Planning Committee

Tafoya, SierraSergeant Sierra Tafoya began her career with the Farmington Police Department in 2008. She has worked in several of the department’s specialty divisions including the Traffic Unit, where she served as a DWI Taskforce officer, and in the Region II Narcotics Division as an undercover agent working to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations. During her tenure, she has been an academy instructor, drug recognition expert, and field training officer. Tafoya was promoted to corporal in 2013 and to sergeant in 2016. She is the first female to hold a supervisory position at FPD in 18 years. As a corporal, she was initially assigned to the Traffic Division and returned to the Patrol Division in 2015. She now serves as a sergeant for the graveyard shift. Sergeant Tafoya is also a member of the Farmington Police Department Honor Guard. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Outside of her career, Sergeant Tafoya spends her time with family and enjoys the mountains by camping and backpacking. She maintains an active lifestyle and enjoys physical fitness.

Allen, Georgette

Georgette Allen is the community relations liaison and public information officer for the Farmington Police Department. She has been with FPD for 10 years, 6 of which she served as a victim advocate. Georgette holds a Bachelor of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. She spent 13 years working in the field of human services then decided it was time for a career change. After returning to college and earning a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication from Arizona State University, she successfully pitched the idea of a public relations position to the former chief of police. Georgette has served in her current position for four years now. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the National Information Officers Association.

Eva E. Barron has served the past 12 of her 14 years at the Farmington Police Department as the Civilian Operations Supervisor. She manages and supervises the civilian employees in the Quartermaster, Records, Evidence and NCIC units, in addition to being a member of the chief’s staff & command. Eva is originally from Arizona where she was employed by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher and records technician. Later, she left GCSO for an opportunity to be on the team that began a child support enforcement division within the Gila County Attorney’s Office. Drawn by the beauty of the Four Corners area, she relocated to Farmington in 1996.

Chavez, Heather

Detective Heather Chavez has been with the Farmington Police Department for over 15 years and has dedicated a majority of her career to investigations. From January 2001 until 2004, she served as a patrol officer before entering the Region II Narcotics Division as a narcotics agent. In 2007, she left Region II and returned to the Patrol Division until 2008, when she became a detective specializing in violent crimes against adults and children. Detective Chavez has successfully investigated and helped prosecute four homicide cases. Each of the suspects is currently serving prison time. Detective Chavez also worked proactive crimes against children cases, posing as an underage child. Several online predators from these cases have been successfully prosecuted. In 2013, she left the Detective Division to serve in FPD’s Training and Recruiting Division. In February of this year, Chavez returned to the Detective Division where she currently serves.

Millinder, KimKim Millinder is the quartermaster for the Farmington Police Department and maintains all the police equipment, uniforms, and office supplies. Prior to working for FPD, she was a full-time peace officer for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield, California. Kim retired after serving 21 ½ years at KCSD. Her assignments during her career included, Jail Operations, Court Services, Patrol, Background Investigations, Bicycle Patrol, hostage/crisis negotiator, driving instructor (defensive and off road), tactical communication instructor, Explorer advisor, detective in the Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigation Unit (SAAIU) and homicide detective.

 

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Corporal Tamara Smith has been with the Farmington Police Department since 2006. She has been a canine handler for the past seven years and is working her second police dog, a three year old shepherd from the Czech Republic named Hart. In 2015, Smith was assigned the coordinator position over the canine unit. She has been a member of the SWAT team for the past four years as a canine officer and operator. Smith is the first female in the department’s history to hold either position. She is a domestic violence, firearms, and reality based training instructor in the academy and is also a field training officer. In June of this year, she was promoted to Corporal. Corporal Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in computer information systems through Eastern New Mexico University and is currently working on her master’s degree in emergency management and homeland security from Arizona State University.

Genson, MistyOfficer Misty Genson began her career in law enforcement in 2008. She worked patrol for six years, and during that time served as the lead Explorer Post advisor for five years. Officer Genson then transitioned to her current position as a joint intervention officer with the District Coordinator Unit. She works closely with Totah Behavioral Health in assisting individuals who are homeless and experiencing issues with substance abuse. Officer Genson is working on a degree in general policing through San Juan College.

 

PrinceOfficer Angela Prince has been with the Farmington Police Department since 2013 and worked in corrections for four years prior to joining the department. During her time at FPD, she’s worked on patrol and in the Detective Division as a school resource officer. Currently, she is assigned to the District Coordinator Unit as a bike officer.

In addition to her regular duties, Officer Prince is a hostage/crisis negotiator, serves on FPD’s honor guard, participates in FPD’s mentor program, and assists with Special Olympics fundraising events. Officer Prince is a certified critical incident instructor through BowMac. She enjoys sharing her knowledge about personal and environmental safety with others in the community. Officer Prince conducts classes for FPD’s Women with Insight program, which aims to teach survival skills to participants, and provides training to local schools and businesses on dealing with critical incidents.

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