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APD announces leadership changes

Kassi Nelson
August 02, 2018 05:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque Police Department is experiencing a shakeup in leadership.


Four top commanders are either leaving the department, getting transferred or getting demoted.

APD is demoting Internal Affairs Commander Jennifer Garcia to a lieutenant in the Field Services Bureau.

She became the focus of an internal affairs investigation in March.

According to an internal memo, Chief Mike Geier sustained the findings of a third-party investigation. It said Garcia altered documents during the course of an internal affairs investigation to comply with a deadline spelled out in the APD union agreement.

Chief Geier says aside from altering documents, Garcia has had a clean 15-year career with APD.

APD also revealed the reason behind the leadership shakeup at the Albuquerque Police Academy.

Former Commander John Sullivan was also set to be demoted for failing to meet performance standards that were connected to implementing reforms and changing the culture at APD.

Instead of accepting the demotion, Sullivan chose to retire.

He's been replaced by Commander Angela Byrd.

Changes have also been announced to the Valley Area Command and the Southwest Area Command.

The Valley Area Command is getting a new commander because it’s previous commander retired.

The Southwest Area Command is also getting a new commander because its previous commander is going to APD’s Compliance Bureau.


Kassi Nelson

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