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City continues search for new APD chief

Updated: 12/02/2013 6:10 PM | Created: 12/02/2013 5:53 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Ever since former Albuquerque police Chief Ray Schultz retired, all eyes have been on acting Chief Allen Banks. When he was first sworn in he was coy about whether he wanted the job permanently.

"Here in a couple months we'll make that decision. Me and my family, they're first and foremost - that's my life as well," Banks said.

But now some wonder whether he has it in the bag since the city has said little about their search for a new chief. KOB checked in Monday, and the city said they are looking elsewhere too. They hired a consulting firm from California who they say is headhunting candidates and posting the job in trade publications. That firm has met with community leaders and the police union, which has one priority.

"Somebody who's local, if it can't be within our department we'd hope within our state because we want somebody who's acclimated," Albuquerque Police Officers Association President Stephanie Lopez said.

If Banks does want it, they have his back.

"I think he's doing an excellent job, he's doing his very, very best with what he's allowed to do and what he's capable of doing at this time right now," Lopez said.

The mayoral administration also says they're happy with his work so far.

Albuquerque police Chief Ray Schultz retired over the summer.

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