ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Ray Schultz is waking up a private citizen this morning after more than 30 years as a cop and eight often-turbulent years as Albuquerque's Chief of Police.
Schultz was sent off in style Friday.
"It's going to be hard to leave, but at the same time, I know the department is well-poised," he said. "There's great people, great leaders and the city, the department will be successful."
The outgoing chief joined APD in 1982. As he makes his exit, the department is under federal investigation for the alleged use of excessive force and civil rights violations prompted by a string of police shootings, most of them deadly.
Deputy Chief Allen Banks took command Saturday as Interim Chief while the city searches for a permanent replacement. Banks has been with APD for 20 years and has been a deputy chief since 2009.
"Day in and day out and that's what makes me excited more and more to lead this department," Banks said Friday. "Those things that have happened, those are things that we work on every day. How do we improve? How do we get better? And that's what we'll continue to do. We'll continue to move forward."
Schultz will be a paid consultant for another month.
Banks has not said if he'll apply for the permanent job.
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Tempers flared Wednesday night at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting as the firestorm over teacher evaluations and student testing continues.