Created: 05/16/2014 5:44 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque's police department is making some changes in the wake of the Department of Justice's recent findings of APD using excessive force in too many cases.
The latest move by Chief Gorden Eden is to create a new rank in the APD command structure: Major.
It's a rank that's higher than Commander and below Deputy Chief.
The idea is to improve supervision - a weakness the Justice Department zeroed in on in its investigation.
APD's first two Majors are veteran cops - former Commanders moving up the ladder.
I-25 will be the diving line for the two Majors. One will be in charge of everything west of the interstate; the other major will be in charge of everything to the east.
Major Tim Gonterman - an 18-year veteran - will earn $99,985 a year. Major Anthony Montano - a 25-year veteran – will earn the same.
APD recently hired a new Deputy Chief - Robert Huntsman - at $112,000 a year, and a new Media Director - Janet Blair - who makes $95,000 a year.
Those big changes will cost the taxpayers more than $400,000 a year in salaries alone not counting benefits.
APD leaders say they're changing from the top down as well as from the bottom up. More changes are expected in the weeks and months ahead.