As Roswell, Chaves County and Southeast New Mexico look ahead to a recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh has prepared a report and several addenda that compile relevant information and make recommendations regarding an economic recovery for the city, county and region. He is continuing to share this information and these recommendations as he speaks with other New Mexico mayors and state officials.
Dennis Kintigh was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Ohio. He went to college at the University of Arizona where he earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Dennis was an Air Force ROTC scholarship cadet and went on active duty with the Air Force for four years. He served in the military space program. After the Air Force, Dennis worked in the aerospace industry, served in the Army National Guard and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science.
In 1982 he was accepted into the FBI as a special agent. For the next 24 years, he worked in FBI offices in Los Angeles, California; Orlando, Florida; Washington D.C.; and beginning in 1992 Roswell, New Mexico. While in the Roswell office, Dennis worked primarily narcotics investigations through out southeastern New Mexico.
After retiring from the FBI in 2007 he returned to his engineering roots working for a local oil company.
From the summer of 2007 to January of 2009 Dennis and his wife Carol served as the Youth Pastors of First Baptist Church in Roswell.
In 2008 he was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives where he served two terms.
In the fall of 2010 he was appointed interim Chief of Police for the Roswell Police Department where he served until the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.
In January 2013 Dennis resumed his law enforcement career by taking a position as a deputy sheriff with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office working as a detective assigned to violent crimes.
In March of 2014 Dennis was elect Mayor of Roswell, NM
Dennis has been married to Carol for over 35 years. They have three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.