ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top official in the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department will become the next chief of the county jail.

An announcement Thursday says Undersheriff Greg Rees will switch county departments when he becomes chief of the Metropolitan Detention Center on Aug. 7.

The announcement says Rees has over 23 years of law enforcement experience, working his way up through the ranks at the Sheriff's Department - as deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, chief deputy, and undersheriff.

County Manager Julie Morgas Baca called Rees a "a proven leader who can bring accountability and stability to the MDC."

He'll oversee a jail operation that includes over 500 sworn officers and approximately 1,200 inmates.

Former interim jail administrator Tom Ruiz will remain on the job to assist Chief Rees with important administrative functions.