Former ABQ mayor writes scathing editorial

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A lot of APD’s problems have been blamed on former Mayor Martin Chavez.

He hasn’t responded to our requests for comment about the DOJ findings but he did write a pretty damning editorial that was published in the newspaper Friday.

Critics say in Chavez’s push to have 1100 officers standards were lowered and led to the department hiring officers who weren’t qualified.

In Friday’s op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal Chavez denies ever lowering standards and says the blame should solely be put on Berry’s administration.

He calls out former Public Safety Director Darren White and Rob Perry.

He says they were allowed to micromanage APD to the point of detriment.

Chavez even went on to say it would be in the best interest of the city for Chief Gorden Eden to step down.

News 13 asked Mayor Berry about Chavez’s comments.

He declined to comment saying it wouldn’t help the process and that he would take the high ground. 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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