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Official: APS considering firing police chief

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Albuquerque Public Schools officials are considering firing Police Chief Steve Tellez because he allegedly took ammunition bought by the district’s police department for his personal use, a district official said today.

The APS police department had ordered four boxes of ammunition for assault rifles, although APS police do not use any assault rifles, the official said. Two of the boxes, which cost between $400 and $500 each, are missing, the official said.

Tellez has acknowledged to APS administration that he used one of the boxes for personal use with his own weapon, the official said.

Tellez has been on paid administrative leave since Feb 24. APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta said last week Tellez was put on leave for a “personnel matter,” not a criminal matter.

Armenta also said a third party had concluded an investigation into the matter. Deputy Chief Steve Gallegos is serving as acting chief, Armenta said.

Tellez was named chief in June 2011. He began with the department as a police officer in 2004, becoming a sergeant in 2006. Tellez rose to deputy police chief in 2010 and was interim chief from October 2010 until June 2011.

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