Interim Albuquerque police chief to retire, take job in Texas

Updated: 01/29/2014 7:03 PM | Created: 01/29/2014 10:13 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Wednesday, interim APD Chief Allen Banks announced he’s leaving Albuquerque to take a job as the police chief of Round Rock, Texas.

"They're family. And I'll take that kind of leadership to Round Rock with me,” Banks said.

Interim Chief Allen Banks says the men and women he served with for 22 years are what he’ll miss the most. He’s leaving without even having applied for the most permanent job – a fact the mayor calls disappointing, but understandable.

"We wish he would have applied, he would have been a great candidate but we understand folks have to do what's best for themselves and their families so no hard feelings and we'll miss him,” Banks said.

Banks says he did plan to apply by the February 17 deadline, but it still would have been a gamble. So he weighed his chances and decided on what he felt was best to support his wife and three children. The Round Rock job will pay around $140,000. He’ll make that in addition to APD retirement pay.

But Banks claims it isn’t the money, or the notably safer city he’ll be serving, that made his decision.

"The issue with people trying to do comparisons - each agency has it's positives, has it's negatives,” Banks said.

He says if this position was guaranteed, he wouldn’t have considered leaving. He plans to visit friends, family and fellow officers often – Albuquerque is still his home.

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