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City councilors consider study to merge APD and AFD with county services

Joy Wang
March 20, 2017 07:01 AM

Some Albuquerque City Councilors want a study to show if it would help response time and budget to merge Albuquerque police and fire departments with the Bernalillo County departments.

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Dan Lewis, Isaac Benton, and Ken Sanchez want to do the study to see if a merger would improve response times and lower costs for the city and county.

"More efficient. more coordinated use of staffing. More flexibility to meet hours of peak demand. Enhanced training opportunities. Possibly improve management supervision. Shorter response times. Reduced overtime expenses. Lower overall operating costs. Better access to resources for first responders, more training opportunities," said Dan Lewis.

The City Council will discuss the study on Monday night. If Passed it would authorize and independent contractor to complete the study.

But, there might be further problems as county commissioners are saying they were never informed.

County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins tweeted out, ”Maybe CABQ folks don't realize they might need Bernalillo County Commission approval at some point.”

County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, who’s also running for Mayor, hadn’t heard about the plan either.

“I can tell you that we weren't informed, at least my office wasn't informed. Some of the other commissioners may have been aware of it. Obviously, they weren't at that press conference so I would think the county awareness is somewhat low. I believe I found out from KOB that they were going to have this press conference,” Wayne Johnson

Johnson did say he thinks BCSO could really help out APD with their calls, but he believes it could be done immediately and without the study.

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