Albuquerque mayor to announce new police chief

Updated: 02/14/2014 9:22 AM | Created: 02/13/2014 10:37 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The city of Albuquerque will know their new police chief on Friday morning.

Mayor Richard Berry's office confirms he will make the announcement at 10 a.m.

Berry interviewed the three top candidates from a pool of dozens who applied on Thursday night.

Forty-five men applied for the job. Six had been police chiefs in smaller cities and at least nine had ties to the Albuquerque Police Department, but none of those applicants made the cut.

Interim APD Police Chief Allen Banks had been considered the likely choice until he retired in January, choosing instead to take a chief job in Round Rock, Texas.

Now, Texas may be returning the favor. One of the three finalists, Thomas Lawrence, leads 4,000 employees as an "assistant chief of the patrol bureau" for the Dallas Police Department, where he has 30 years of police experience.

Another Texan, Houston's Craig Goralski, is a finalist. He's assistant chief of police for the METRO transit authority after working decades with Houston police.

The third candidate is a familiar face – New Mexico Department of Public Safety Secretary Gordon Eden. His 13-page resume details 35 years of law enforcement experience, including a position with the Department of Justice.

Some other names applied but didn't get interviews, including Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick, APD commander Harold Medina and Vaughn Police Chief Philip Holmes.

Interim Chief Allen Banks is set to step down and begin his new job in March.

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