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Albuquerque police chief leaves with mixed legacy

July 29, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — He was brought in as a reformer. A former Albuquerque police officer who then-Mayor Marty Chavez lured back from Scottsdale, Ariz., to clean up a police department rocked by low morale, scandal and intense media scrutiny.

Things were so bad, officers gleefully honked their horns across the city in 2005 as news spread of the sudden resignation of the unpopular police chief, Gilbert Gallegos.

But eight years later, despite significant drops in crime in New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz will take his leave this week under his own cloud of bad morale, a string of scandals and intense scrutiny — this time by the media and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Schultz insists his departure is not linked to the Justice Department investigation of alleged civil rights violations and questionable police shootings, union surveys or pressure from Mayor Richard Berry.

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