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NM fire chief infamous for FDIC pictures & traffic stop is finally fired

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Steven Gonzales the Valencia County, New Mexico fire chief who had a wild time at FDIC that haunted him back home, who was hired despite a criminal record involving a 2003 bomb scare and who is now charged with impersonating a cop after performing a traffic stop, is finally out of a job.


After months of controversy, the Valencia County fire chief has been fired.

Steven Gonzales is facing charges of impersonating an officer and false imprisonment after he pulled over a person for driving erratically in Los Lunas. Authorities say that as fire chief, Gonzales had no authority to pull people over.

A month before that incident, racy photos of Gonzales and two of his fire chiefs surfaced. The photos were taken while the men were supposed to be on a taxpayer-funded business trip.

“There’s been a lot of public outcry,” county manager Danny Monette told KOAT in May.

Monette asked Gonzales to resign, but the now former chief refused.

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