Greg Allen Wiki, Biography
On Tuesday, January 17, the El Paso Police Department announced the death of its Police Chief Greg Allen, who passed away after serving the department for more than four decades.
The death of Allen, 71, the first African-American police chief in El Paso, was mourned by the entire city, including the mayor. While authorities have yet to release a cause of death, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said Allen was in the hospital recovering from an (undisclosed) medical procedure.
Allen was named the first African-American police chief in El Paso in March 2008, three decades after joining the El Paso Police Department, where he began patrolling the Central and West Sides in 1978.
Greg Allen was a long time member of the police force.
Shortly after the city announced the death of El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, the entire community was devastated by the loss and mourned the death of the officer, who was highly respected across the force. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, who described Allen as a fearless and dedicated officer, said:
“Today we lost a great leader. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen was not only an incredible police chief, but he was also an incredible son, husband, father and friend. He earned the respect of all officers of his strength and I was proud to call him my friend. He will be greatly missed and the city of El Paso will be forever indebted to him for his leadership.”
The mayor sent his deepest condolences to Allen’s family, noting that the loss will be mourned by those closest to him and the entire community.
Allen, who began working for the department in 1978, reportedly rose through the ranks as a patrol officer, training specialist, sergeant and lieutenant before being named police chief in 2008. According to media reports, during his tenure as chief , El Paso was named “The Safest Big City” in the United States for four consecutive years. The City of El Paso announced the death of the Chief, saying:
“The City of El Paso is saddened to report the death of Police Chief Greg Allen. Chief Allen joined the City of El Paso in 1978 and was appointed Chief of Police in March 2008. End of watch January 17 of 2023”.
El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles, who described Allen as a dear friend, mourned his personal loss, saying:
“I could go on and on about Greg’s accomplishments and recognitions, but what I will miss most about him is our long phone conversations where we were able to blow off steam.”
Following the news of Allen’s death, police assembled for a funeral procession and escorted the deceased officer from the Hospitals of Providence East Campus to Sunset Funeral Homes in the Lower Valley.