ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Deputy Chief Allen Banks has been named the interim police chief in Albuquerque beginning early next month.
Banks will take over on an interim basis for Ray Schultz, who is retiring Aug. 3 after 31 years with the Albuquerque Police Department and eight years as chief.
To ensure a smooth transition for the largest police department in New Mexico, Schultz will continue until Sept. 6 in an advisory role.
Schultz says the department is “well-funded and well-equipped and positioned perfectly to continue to move forward.”
Banks is an Albuquerque native who has been with the city’s police department since 1992.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and deputy chief in 2009.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says the city will conduct a national search for a permanent police chief.