City Council wants voice in police chief hirings

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – In light of the recent APD shooting there is another call to give the City Council a voice in hiring police chiefs.

Currently, hiring and firing police and fire chiefs is strictly up to the mayor.

But City Council president Ken Sanchez says he will co-sponsor a bill to introduce an amendment to the City Charter.

If passed, it would require council confirmation of chief nominees selected by the mayor.

Similar legislation failed last year but Sanchez says it is vital.

Sanchez said he’d like the City Charter Amendment on the November ballot for the general election.

Mayor RJ Berry has opposed calls to give the city council a voice in hiring police chiefs.

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