Mayor Keller reflects on first year in office
December 13, 2018 10:22 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- After a year in office, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller believes the city is headed in the right direction.
"I believe we have done all we can to take control of our city and that, in itself, I think is a big sea change for folks in terms of where we are going as a community," Keller said. "We have put ourselves in a position now to deal with the biggest issues facing our city."
During the campaign, Keller said he wanted to add 400 officers to the Albuquerque Police Department. One year later, he said the department is on its way to meeting that campaign promise.
"This I am proud to say we are on target. We wanted to get 100 officers every year for the next four years to bring us up to 400 and we are on target to hit that target officer goal a year in," Keller said.
In terms of crime, Keller concedes it's still a major issue.
"We have made a lot of progress in auto theft and property crime. Those numbers are all turning down for the first time in years," Keller said. "Violent crime is flat, if not a little bit up. This is different because its a crime of passion. It's much harder to prevent and it's also much harder to catch someone doing it."
While discussing jobs, Keller sees a bright future for Albuquerque.
"For the first time in a decade, we are out of the recession. This is incredible. It took, obviously, way too long," Keller said. "We've seen the job numbers double what they were. But this is a lot like crime. Our job numbers were so flat. We went from, like, 1.5 percent growth to 3 percent growth. We should celebrate 3 percent, but acknowledge we've been flat for way too long. We have 100 new jobs downtown and, of course, Netflix coming."
Noting accomplishments and setbacks, Mayor Keller knows he has three more years before he is up for re-election, if he chooses to run for office again.
Updated: December 13, 2018 10:22 PM
Created: December 13, 2018 08:41 PM
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