Council votes on police and fire chief selection proposal, suspending police commission

Updated: 08/19/2014 1:12 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 1:07 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

ALBUQUERQUE -- Albuquerque city councilors want to be able to give their input on future police and fire chiefs.

At Monday night's meeting, councilors decided to put the issue on the November ballot.

Voters will decide if the mayor will be required to get the advice and consent of the council to appoint a police or fire chief. If the proposition is approved, the council would also have the power to remove the police or fire chief without cause.

However, the mayor could decide to veto the decision to put the proposal on the ballot.

Currently, the mayor gets the final say on police and fire chief appointments and does not need input from the council.

City councilors also voted 8-1 to suspend the police oversight commission.

The council wants a brand new police oversight group, but they have not yet elaborated on what the new system will look like.

The current commission is made up of civilians. Some members resigned earlier this year, saying the group doesn't really have any power.

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