City Council wants voice in police chief hirings

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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