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Real Time Crime Center director dismissed

Caleb James
April 02, 2018 10:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A controversial Albuquerque Police Department holdover from former Mayor Richard Berry's office no longer has a job. Real Time Crime Center Director T.J. Wilham has been let go.

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Last year, Berry reclassified Wilham's job from a political appointment to a more secure position. Under current Mayor Tim Keller, Wilham lasted just four months.

Berry appointed Wilham in 2013 to run the Real Time Crime Center in 2013, an office inside APD that monitors and runs video and information technology-based policing in the city. But mysteriously in September 2017, the city got rid of his mayor-appointed position and quickly posted an identical -- more protected -- position internally.

The job requirements fit Wilham's credentials perfectly and he, not surprisingly, got the job. KOB asked then-Albuquerque Chief Operating Officer Rob Perry about the maneuver.

"Well, I can't comment and I certainly can't agree there was anything that looked fishy or otherwise unscrupulous," Perry said.

Wilham continued to run the Real Time Crime Center under Keller, but his more secure position with the city didn't stay secure for long. After multiple sources reported Wilham's dismissal to KOB throughout the day Monday and after repeated attempts to confirm it, APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said: "We are moving in a new direction to ensure the center is positioned to help APD better fight crime."

Gallegos did not expand on that or offer any specific cause for Wilham's departure

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