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City Takes Community Input from Over 2000 Residents During Chief Search

Feedback from community input sessions and online survey considered in selection process for top cop

Dec. 15, 2020

The City of Albuquerque spent the last two months collecting input from the community through virtual input sessions and an online survey to aid in the selection of the Albuquerque Police Department’s next chief of police. The City conducted over 45 community input sessions and received more than 2,200 responses to the online survey seeking feedback for APD’s top job, following Mayor Keller’s announcement of a national search in October. 

“We are grateful that so many folks in our community have shared their insights for what they would like to see in the next chief,” said Chief of Staff Mike Puelle. “Building trust with our community while continuing the fight against violent crime will continue to be major priorities as we select someone to move the department forward.”

The administration brought on specialist Herb Crosby to assist with the search process. Crosby owns AVTEC, Inc., an Albuquerque consulting firm, and has a long background in management in both the private and public sector. His aim was to invite residents to the table to weigh in on choosing someone who is ready to face the department’s deep challenges, while remaining in step with the community.

During input sessions, community members shared thoughts around values, skills and characteristics they would like to see in the chief, while also providing potential interview questions for the candidates. 

Input from the survey and the virtual sessions is being compiled and will be released to the public as the search moves into the next phase of the process.