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Loss Prevention Staff

The Loss Prevention staff consists of highly qualified professionals with over 86 years of diverse experience in administration, safety, loss prevention, risk control, education, employee law, inmate civil rights, and over 5,000 hours of advanced training in safety, loss prevention, and related subjects. Staff has expertise in proactive risk control programs, recognized risk management practices, strategic planning, program development, and training and curriculum development. Moreover, staff members have specific expertise in high-risk governmental operations, including detention, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, employment law, and public works.

Sal Baragiola, Loss Prevention Manager, joined the NMCIA in 2012. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience at the municipal, county and federal level.  He retired from the Albuquerque Police Department as a Deputy Chief of Police and went to work for the City of Albuquerque under contract to the Risk Management Division as both an investigator and rapid claims assessment specialist monitoring and evaluating law enforcement critical incidents.  In 2003 he was appointed as Undersheriff for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department overseeing an agency of over 300 Deputies.   After leaving the Sheriff’s Department Sal was hired by the City of Albuquerque as Director of Emergency Operations responsible for Emergency Operations for the City. He recently retired after 30 years of service from the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard as a Reserve Special Agent in the Coast Guard Investigative Service with responsibility for counter-intelligence, criminal, and administrative investigations of violations of Federal Law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  He has also worked with the U.S. Department of Justice in conducting evaluations of law enforcement operations.  Sal graduated from the FBI National Academy, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and the Southwest Command College.

Grace Philips, General Counsel, joined the NMCIA in April 2006. In her litigation practice with Montgomery & Andrews P.A. and for the New Mexico Risk Management Division Legal Bureau, Grace appeared before the state, federal and appellate courts of New Mexico as well as administrative bodies. She has substantial experience advising and consulting with public and private sector clients on labor and employment issues, including: Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the New Mexico Human Rights Act, and state wage and hour laws. As an Assistant County Attorney, Grace developed expertise in detention law and inmate civil rights matters. She has degrees from New York University and City University of New York and is admitted to the New Mexico State Bar, Federal District Court and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Manuel D. Romero, Loss Prevention Specialist, has over 32 years’ experience in the criminal justice field. Manuel has substantial hands on experience as a correctional administrator and prison auditor. Manuel has audited and inspected numerous prisons, jails (both adult and juvenile), and some secure hospitals during his tenure in the criminal justice field. He commenced his career as a correctional officer and progressed to the rank of Deputy Secretary of Corrections with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. Manuel serves as an expert/consultant to the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, inspecting jails and prisons throughout the United States. He has also helped the United States Marshal’s Service in conducting operational assessments of correctional facilities. Manuel has served as a deputy court monitor for the United States District Court of Puerto Rico and was appointed by the United States District Court of New Mexico as an Operations Auditor. Manuel is considered to be a national expert in jail and prison operations and has testified on numerous occasions in prison and detention matters throughout the United States. He has an Associate’s Degree in Correctional Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, both from the University of New Mexico.

Art Murphy, Loss Prevention Specialist, after serving for 8 years in the U. S. Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist, Art began his career in corrections in 1981 as a Corrections Officer at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe. Over the last 30 years, he has worked as a training instructor and manager for both the NM Corrections Department and the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. Art has extensive experience in both adult and juvenile facility operations having served as Director of Juvenile Justice Services for CYFD, Deputy Warden for the NM Corrections Department, and Assistant Director for Operations of the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center, formally the BC Juvenile Detention Center. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and has graduate studies in Management from the University of Phoenix and Public Administration from the University of New Mexico, respectively.

James Chavez, Loss Prevention Representative, has been employed with NMAC since April of 2005. He has 22 years of experience in loss control, loss prevention, risk management, and human resources. James’ employment history includes loss prevention with San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas. James has substantial experience in government, particularly county operations and exposures.


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