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Albuquerque Police Chief Search Committee Faces Criticism

Melorie Begay

The search committee for Albuquerque's new police chief drew criticism this weekend when community members questioned the search process. APD Forward hosted the event at the Albuquerque Convention Center to give the public an opportunity to speak to the committee about the city's hunt for a new police chief. 

Susan Allison-Hatch is with the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, one of the advocacy groups that makes up APD Forward. She questioned whether the search committee truly represents Albuquerque and said they were all insiders because they've worked in city government. She said the city is moving too fast with the hiring process. 

APD Forward also presented the committee with a list of priorities they want applicants to agree to, including a willingness for transparency and police reform. 

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller did not attend the meeting but his chief of staff said the administration would take APD Forward's criteria and what they heard at the session into consideration. 

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