ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Pat Davis is a man with many hats.
A former police officer in Washington D.C. and Albuquerque, Davis has been involved with Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers since 2008. During that time he's helped promote and fundraise the 37-year old nonprofit's efforts including its anonymous tip line that has put thousands of criminals behind bars.
Last year, he was elected Crime Stoppers chair.
That's his volunteer job, but Davis' day job is as the head of ProgressNow New Mexico , a liberal group active on the state political scene.
That's not sitting well with conservative Republicans.
State GOP chair John Billingsley wrote a letter to Crime Stoppers board members expressing deep concerns with Davis serving as chair of Crime Stoppers.
"We know that your work is vital to protecting our homes and families; however, I am concerned that Mr. Davis' activities may tarnish the good name of your organization," wrote Billingsley. "Elevating Mr. Davis to a leadership position of a fine, formerly non-partisan, non-profit organization present serious legal issues for your organization and very practical problems for many persons who do not share his ultra-liberal progressive views."
Billingsley claims Davis has already blurred the line between the two jobs.
"He immediately promoted the gun buyback program on ProgressNow, which many citizens fear is but the first step in ProgressNow's goal of undermining the 2nd amendment and other constitutionally based property rights," Billingsley wrote.
Davis says he keeps his day job and volunteer work separate.
"It's never become an issue, and we don't intend to let the Republican Party make it one," Davis said. "Our board is universally multipartisan, and we put all that aside to do something good for the community.
"We've done that for 37 years here in Albuquerque, worked with eight different mayoral administrations, all kind of elected officials and never had a problem."
Billingsley was unavailable for further comment at the time this story was filed.
Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers is the original chapter of a group that has spread nationwide. It was founded as a result of a high-profile murder of an Albuquerque man in the 1970's as a way to solicit and reward anonymous tips to solve crimes.
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