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CPOA Board Member Profiles

Read about the current POB Members and how they make a difference in our community.

Contacting POB Board Members

Contact all current members of the Police Oversight Board by sending an email to: [email protected]

The CPOA Board is a Nine-Member board appointed by the City Council. Members are appointed for three-year staggered terms and are eligible for reappointment for an additional full term. An initial one-year appointment for staggering purposes does not count as a term for purposes of reappointment.

2020 Police Oversight Board Meeting Schedule

Board Member Profiles

Dr. William J. Kass, Chair

Dr. William J. Kass is currently a retired physical scientist. As a private citizen, he has been active in following Albuquerque Police Department reform efforts for nearly five years. He has met with victim's family members; attended meetings with the Department of Justice, the Independent Monitor Team, the City of Albuquerque Council, the Mayor's Initiative, the Police Oversight Task Force and former and current versions of the Police Oversight Board. He has also attended several area Community Policing Councils. His interests are primarily in policy and community outreach. He serves as the chair of Policy and Procedure Review Committee and is a member of the Community Outreach subcommittee. He believes that police policy is public policy and the community should have a voice in creating that policy. That can only be done if the community is informed and engaged and Albuquerque Police Department responds positively to their concerns.

Email: [email protected]

Term: Appointed 02-03-2020, Expires 02-02-2023.

Eric Olivas, Vice-Chair

Mr. Eric Olivas currently owns and manages his own landscaping and maintenece
business. Mr. Olivas’ education includes a M.S. in Biology from the University of New
Mexico. Mr. Olivas was the Chairman of the Northeast Community Policing Council. His
other community work includes serving as President of the Quigley Park Neighborhood
Association. Mr. Olivas interest in serving on the Board comes from his experience with
the NE CPC and his belief that the City needs a strong poice force focused on
constitutional community policing, that includes civilan oversight.

Email: [email protected]

Term: Appointed 06-14-2019, Expires 02-02-2021.

Tara Armijo-Prewitt

Ms.Tara Armijo-Prewitt grew up in Albuquerque, graduated from Albuquerque High School, and graduated with honors with a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico before attending graduate school at the University of California Davis, where she earned an M.S. in Entomology. Ms. Armijo-Prewitt is currently working for Catholic Charities of NM in the Center for Educational Opportunities. Ms. Armijo-Prewitt's interest in serving on the CPOA Board comes from her desire to be an engaged citizen and to contribute to the improvement of her community.

Email: [email protected]

Term: Appointed 06-14-2019, Expires 02-02-2022

Chantal M. Galloway

Ms. Chantal M. Galloway is currently a Vice-President of Business Services. Ms. Galloway holds a BBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, as well as an MBA from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Galloway's interest in serving the Police Oversight Board comes from her desire to be active and serve her community. Ms. Galloway has a background with for-profit and non-profit organizations and hopes to bring her skills of obtaining outcomes wherein vested partied have their concerns or opinions heard and acted upon.

Email: [email protected] 

Term: Appointed 02-04-2019, Expires 02-02-2022.

Douglas (Doug) Mitchell

Mr. Douglas Mitchell is retired after a long career working in the Juvenile Justice System in Albuquerque and New Mexico. Mr. Mitchell's interest in serving comes from being a life long resident of Albuquerque and wants to contribute to assure that the City thrives. He understands the Police Department has to reflect the values the community represents and wants to move that forward. He believes his years of experience working within the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government would be an asset to the CPOA Board. Mr. Mitchell has Bachelor's of Arts, Social Science and Master of Arts, Public Administration from UNM. 

Email: [email protected]

Term: Appointed 02-03-2020, Expires 02-02-2023

Eric Nixon

Mr. Eric Nixon is currently a Project Manager for the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Nixon's interest in serving comes from having immersed himself in learning about social justice and equity issues that occur in the community. Mr. Nixon has served as a member of the NW Area Command CPC. This experience has given him a background for voting on and advocating the CPC's recommendations regarding policing activities and policy changes at APD. Mr. Nixon is dedicated to performing the tasks of the Board as a resolute Board Member and impartial voice intent on finding the best solutions for ensuring APD integrity and accountability. 

Email: [email protected] 

Term: Appointed 03-12-2020, Expires 02-02-2021.

Cathryn Starr

Ms. Cathryn Starr is currently an adjunct Professor in UNM's Psychology Department and Co-Owner/Founder of Starr Security, LLC. Ms. Starr's interest in serving due to her desire to live in a community where all civilians have a voice, are protected, and have an avenue to have grievances or concerns objectively reviewed. Her interest also stems from her belief that communities are stronger when individuals contribute their talents and time. Ms. Starr has experience as an educator, previous Board membership, and consulting business experience, which assists with domestic violence cases, that she believes can be helpful to the Board. Ms. Starr has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management, a Master of Arts in Business Organizational and Security Management, and a PhD in Public Service Leadership and General Psychology. 

Email: [email protected] 

Term: Appointed 02-03-2020, Expires 02-02-2023.

Leonard Waites 

Mr. Leonard Waites is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque which drives his interest in serving on the Police Oversight Board. Mr. Waites wants to ensure the safety of the City and assist in making the Police Oversight Board a fair and impartial system for the citizens of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department. Mr. Waites is a member of the NAACP and previously served on the Police Oversight Task Force. His areas of interest include mending the relationship between the community and police department and building a relationship between the Board and Chief of Police, as it will be important to correcting and implementing policies and procedures.

Email: [email protected]

Term: Appointed 01-17-2018, Expires 02-02-2021.

Vacant Board Member Position

Term Expires 02-02-2022.


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