Gregg Marcantel, a United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran, is also a law enforcement veteran of over 30 years. Before his appointment to the New Mexico Corrections Department in November 2011, Secretary Marcantel was appointed deputy cabinet secretary at the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) in May 2011. Before his appointment to DPS he retired from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) as a captain and division commander, where he spent most of his career in complex criminal investigations.
Secretary Marcantel has successfully completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy and has served as the president of the New Mexico FBI National Academy Associates. He also attended Police Staff College in Bramshill, England, where he studied the leadership and management of serious and serial crimes. He possesses an MS in forensic and legal psychology from the University of Leicester and a BA in criminal justice from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Secretary Marcantel also holds membership in the FBI National Academy Associates, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), the Association of State Correctional Administrators, and the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP). He also serves on a variety of government oversight boards.
Throughout his career, Secretary Marcantel has received numerous awards ranging from the Navy Achievement Medal in the USMC to national recognition by the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and receipt of the Top Cop award by the National Association of Police Organizations in Washington, DC. He has presented nationally and internationally on a host of complex criminal investigation strategies and leadership topics.