Board discusses fired Albuquerque officer’s job again

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Fired Albuquerque Police Officer Jeremy Dear’s quest to get his job back is still not over.

The city’s Personnel Board voted Wednesday to ask a judge for more time to explain why it voted to reinstate Dear. Of course, Dear had a track record of not turning his camera on and was fired for it after a controversial shooting.

A little over a year ago, the city’s Personnel Board voted to give Dear his job back with a suspension, which the city is fighting. So, a state District Court judge told the board to get him more information on the case. That’s what they were trying to do Wednesday afternoon.

The Albuquerque Police Department fired Dear in 2014 for repeatedly failing to turn on his body camera. The Personnel Board voted three-to-two to give Dear his job back the next year. But the five-person board has lost two members since then, including the man who wrote the opinion on the case.

The board asked the judge for another 90 days to fill out the board and give him more details. Dear’s attorney says the board still has three members who helped make that decision and they can give the judge the details he needs to decide if Dear should get his job back.

“I think, the decision that this board made that they provided is fairly in-depth and comprehensive as opposed to other decisions I’ve seen them make,” said Tom Grover, Jeremy Dear’s attorney.

Meanwhile, Dear’s attorney filed a complaint Wednesday with the city’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency, accusing APD Chief Gorden Eden of lying under oath and to the public about the department’s orders to Dear to use his body camera for every interaction with the public.

There’s still a potentially costly lawsuit hanging over Jeremy Dear’s head. The family of Mary Hawkes has sued the city and APD over the shooting, and the department’s handling of Dear over the years.

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