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Mayor-elect Tim Keller planning transition into new office

Kassi Nelson
November 15, 2017 05:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The clock is ticking for Tim Keller, who will become Albuquerque's new mayor on Dec.1. He has much to do between now and then.


After winning the mayoral race in a runoff election Tuesday night, Keller has a dramatically shorter transition phase. Most years the mayor-elect has just under 60 days, but Keller has just two weeks and some big decisions to make that could set the tone for his term.

He woke up Wednesday with a lot on his plate and little time to do it. He ate lunch with outgoing Mayor Richard Berry hours after his win to talk about what's to come.

Keller said right now he and his transition team are laying out a game plan, and soon they'll start the interviews to fill executive positions in the city, even if they're only temporary.

"I'm going to look at probably an interim team so that we'll actually have a normal 60-day transition," he said. "So we'll have folks in place that they may stay, they may go, they may change hats. But someone has got to run the city when we fully transition on Dec. 1."

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With public safety a huge concern, many are anxious to know who Keller will appoint as Albuquerque's new police chief. He wouldn't say any specific names but said the person will come in on an interim basis.

While they're looking at people all over the country, he said he knows the importance of hiring someone with New Mexico law enforcement experience.

"I want to start out by reaching out but we might end up right back here at home," he said.

Berry said he's honored to have led the city for eight years and excited to watch Keller in his new position. As Berry wraps up his time leading the city, he had some words of wisdom for Keller.

"You know, try to stay grounded and surround yourself with people that you can believe in, and then just get out there and do your best," he said.


Kassi Nelson

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