Mayor names Mike Geier permanent APD Chief
June 16, 2018 11:33 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has just announced his selection of a permanent police chief, it's none other than interim Chief Mike Geier.
A five-member search committee pored over dozens of applications from across the country before announcing Geier as the top candidate.
The committee narrowed the search down to three candidates, and believed Geier was the best choice to continue tackling the city’s crime epidemic, police department reform and implement community policing.
The selection process included public input that was given through seven sessions across Albuquerque.
“We followed a methodical and thoughtful process to help the Keller Administration select the top candidate for our city,” stated James Lewis, Senior Advisor for Public Safety and member of the search committee. “After gathering community input and conducting interviews, I’m confident that Mike Geier has the varied experience, the perspective from both within and outside of APD, and the skills and determination to transform the Department that the public is asking for.”
Chief Geier's appointment will now be submitted to the City Council for confirmations. City officials say they will continue their search to fill other leadership positions within APD.
Chief Geier’s background includes 20 years in the Chicago area as a police officer and 20-years at APD serving in a number of positions. In 2014 he was appointed the Chief of Rio Rancho Police and in December 2017 Mayor Keller name Geier Interim Chief of APD.
“From day one, it was important for me to have a Chief with a combination of knowledge of our city, an outside leadership perspective to implement change, and the respect of both frontline officers and community stakeholders,” said Mayor Keller. “Chief Geier has already begun to make progress toward reforming APD and re-establishing community policing strategies. He also understands that there’s still a lot of work left to do.”
Updated: June 16, 2018 11:33 AM
Created: June 13, 2018 10:52 AM
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