Mayor-elect says new team will hit the ground running
November 20, 2017 05:13 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In less than two weeks, a new Albuquerque mayor will take office. Tim Keller has promised changes when it comes to crime, inclusion and the many challenges the city faces.
On Monday, he announced a few details on how he plans to get started on that. Since Keller will be sworn into office on Dec. 1, it makes for a pretty quick transition period to start implementing some changes.
"We need to accomplish two goals," he said. "Number one, we have to have a team ready to lead our city on Dec. 1, which is obviously very soon."
The other goal is to establish another team to go from department to department in the city, starting with the police department.
"I am committed to an interim chief of police as well as interim leadership," Keller said.
Keller has not announced who that interim police chief will be, but he said that will be revealed sometime next week. There will be a nationwide search for the next leader of the police force.
Keller said he will have 40 teams overall to monitor all city departments and focus on specialty topics like the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, the Department of Justice reforms, and executive advisory. The teams will consist of existing officials, volunteers and retirees. He said they're also looking for public input.
"This is a process where we're continually interested in even the smallest ideas," Keller said.
KOB asked people on the street what the new mayor needs to do to help Albuquerque thrive.
"I would like to see things being done with respect to the environment," said Lars Panaro, a local resident. "You know, maybe not paving over parts of the Bosque or things like that."
In addition to that and fighting crime, others would like to see downtown as a more inviting place.
"Our biggest concern is really to keep downtown refreshed," said Adrian Perez, president of Heritage Hotels and Resorts. “To make sure businesses want to be downtown, that there's great nightlife in downtown so that people feel comfortable coming downtown.”
Updated: November 20, 2017 05:13 PM
Created: November 20, 2017 04:44 PM
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