Since Hank turns down the offer to return to El Paso, Steve Gomez is promoted instead of him. However, later in the series, in seasons 4 and 5, Steve Gomez is still in ABQ, working with Hank.

Why is he not in El Paso?

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Steve Gomez returned when Hank got attacked by Leonel and Marco Salamanca (Tuco's cousins). And Juan Bolsa also got shot during phone conversation to Gus by Mexican federals during investigation of Hank's attack. So after the death of Juan Bolsa, Leonel and Marco Salamanca whom DEA is searching in El Paso, there is no requirement left for Steve Gomez to investigate in there, so he doesn't go back after Hank's attack. Because the case was solved.

  • So you are saying that essentially Gus Fring killed all the drug lords the DEA in El Paso were investigating?
    – A-K
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 20:57
  • @AlexKuznetsov Juan Bolsa was killed by Mexican federals not Gus but Gus's plan was also responsible for it.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 21:00
  • So Steve Gomez did work in El Paso for some time, but returned to ABQ because there was nothing else to do for him over there?
    – A-K
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 21:01
  • @AlexKuznetsov it looks this way to me. In the story it never cleared that how much time Gomez worked in El Paso and after his departure to El Paso. He was shown next in the hospital next to Hank.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 21:31

If I remember correctly, he accepted the job. Maybe he moved to El Paso and came back from time to time? Maybe he came back to help Hank when he got Jessie.

The plot isn't really clear on that point

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