Albuquerque voters decide on proposal for police chief hires

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Albuquerque voters will decide whether future mayoral picks for police and fire chief positions must be submitted to the City Council for approval.

The measure to amend the City Charter is on the ballot in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Councilor Ken Sanchez, who co-sponsored the measure to give the City Council more authority over fire and police chief hires, says it would help with ongoing police reform in Albuquerque.

City officials and Justice Department officials agreed to a settlement after a scathing federal report last year outlined a pattern of excessive force by police.

Early voter participation fell below the 2011 municipal election’s levels when only about 12 percent of voters entered ballots.

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