City officials give public opportunity to meet police chief candidates

Albuquerque News

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – On Saturday, January 23, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller – along with city leaders and a consultant for the hiring process for Chief of Police – held a webinar featuring the three top candidates for Police Chief of the Albuquerque Police Department.

In the webinar, Mayor Tim Keller said he wants the next chief to focus on tackling violent crime, enhance community policing, and to be someone with extensive DOJ reform experience. The three finalists are current APD Interim Chief Harold Medina, Clinton Nichols – the Chief of Police in Commerce City, just north of Denver – and Joseph Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner with the Philadelphia Police Department.

They addressed topics ranging from Albuquerque’s crime-fighting problems, to how they would address DOJ reform work and build morale within APD. “Your property crime or violent crimes against persons are probably, they need some work. I will tell you, particularly in the area of homicides,” said Nichols.

“I would want to oversee all discipline, be the ultimate authority on all discipline,” Sullivan said during his section.

“We know we have to increase the quality of our investigations,” Medina admitted during his time to speak.

Resumes of the candidates for the position of Chief of Police are available on the City of Albuquerque website. According to a press release, the city has received nearly 2,300 responses to an online survey and has hosted more than 40 community input sessions over the past few months. The public is encouraged to provide input on the search process by emailing the city directly at chiefsearchinput@cabq.gov.

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