The city of Albuquerque is in the middle of a national search for a permanent police chief, who will hopefully be chosen by June, Mayor Tim Keller’s office announced Wednesday.
Interim Chief Michael Geier has held the position since the Keller administration took office in December and Geier said in an interview Wednesday that he plans to toss his name into the hat for the permanent position.
“I didn’t know where it was going to lead but as we’ve gotten more embedded in the job now, definitely I’m interested in staying for the long haul,” Geier said. “I just feel that I’ve kind of taken ownership of (the police department.) I feel like this was something that was meant to be.”
The city said in a news release that it has been getting advice from an outside consulting firm since March on a national search for the next head of the department, which has 1,500 employees and a budget of about $170 million.