Police chief tells command staff to give up bonuses
December 11, 2017 06:53 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Retention bonuses have been a source of contention in Albuquerque's Police Department for years, but interim Chief Mike Geier is now asking those who still receive the money to give it up.
City Council approved the bonuses from $6,000 to $12,000 a year for officers with at least 19 years at APD in 2014. What came next would cost trust between rank and file officers and command staff.
The money expired the next year, but the command staff remained on the receiving end. They threatened to quit if the bonus was taken away.
Some called it poor leadership, while others said it was a slap in the face. Geier said no one will receive the money.
"Every commander will be asked to give up their bonuses," he said at a news conference last week.
According to the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, the command staff was told they would no longer receive the money last week, something they believe should have been done in the first place. The association's president, Shaun Willoughby, said the move will build morale and help set a tone of unity for the department.
It's something Geier has touched on more than once in his two weeks as chief.
"It's one big team, one particular department holding together for one goal and if we don't do that were not going to accomplish any goals," he said.
Updated: December 11, 2017 06:53 PM
Created: December 11, 2017 06:40 PM
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