Chris Naranjo retired from the Southern Ute Police department on Friday, Nov. 5. Chris Naranjo worked as a police officer for 29 years and worked for the Tribe a little over 26 years. During his time at SUPD, he has worked his way up from patrol officer, community resource officer, dispatch, sergeant, criminal investigator, acting chief, and lieutenant.
“Tribal police work has always been one of my passions, being from Santa Clara Pueblo — it’s close to home,” Naranjo said in a 2018 Drum article. “I want to thank the community for their support, I have grown to become friends with a lot of people over the years, and I appreciate that. [In this position] you deal with hardships, and tough times that people are going through, but at the end of the day, it’s my daughter — that brings a smile to my face.”
Hired by the late Eugene Naranjo, and Chairman Leonard C. Burch — Naranjo has worked his way through SUPD, holding numerous positions over the years including: dispatch, patrol, community resource officer, senior patrol officer, sergeant, investigator, and even acting police chief. “I have literally held every position here, which is part of the reason I’ve stuck around so long,” Naranjo reflected in a 2018 Drum article. “I have always been treated well, and enjoy working here — it has become my home.”
SUPD held his retirement party held in the Justice & Regulatory’s large conference room; where many people gave speeches and thanked Naranjo for his service to the community and his many years serving the Tribe.
Naranjo attended Police Academy in Marana, Ariz. in 1992 alongside Southern Ute tribal member Jack Frost II, the two would later work side by side on the Southern Ute Reservation. Naranjo hails from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, where he served on the Tribal Police Force before joining SUPD in 1995.
Naranjo worked as a police officer for 29 years and worked for the Tribe a little over 26 years. During his time at SUPD, he has worked his way up from patrol officer, community resource officer, dispatch, sergeant, criminal investigator, acting chief, and lieutenant.