Kevin McCabe, the commander of administrative services at the University of New Mexico Police Department (UNMPD), has been promoted to chief of police. McCabe was a top candidate in a nationwide search conducted to fill the position being vacated by Chief Kathy Guimond, who is retiring in June after 18 years at UNM.

McCabe was promoted after James Miyashiro, whose hiring was announced last week, withdrew to attend to a serious illness in his family.

McCabe joined UNMPD in 2010, after serving 24 years with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). He was deputy chief of police when he retired from APD. His law enforcement background has been focused in the area of criminal investigations and building partnerships between the community and law enforcement.

“Kevin offers the best of both worlds for this position, in that he has had extensive experience in a city police department and on a campus police force,” Executive Vice President David Harris said. “In addition, there is added value in that he is already familiar with our University and its community, so he can hit the ground running in this key role at UNM.”

In addition to his police duties, McCabe has worked closely with the New Mexico Coalition against Domestic Violence and the Albuquerque Retailers Asset Protection Association (ARAPA). He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has more than 16 years of experience at the administrative level managing both sworn and civilian personnel along with training in critical incident management.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with all members of the University in continuing to make UNM a safe and secure campus,” McCabe said.  “I also hope to carry forward the values and dedication to service outgoing Chief Guimond instilled in all of us.” 

McCabe begins his new post Tuesday, July 1.