Posted at: 03/15/2013 1:31 PM
Updated at: 03/15/2013 5:52 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com and Whitney Jones, KOB.com
Photo: Ray Schultz
Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz has announced his plans to retire from the force.
In a letter to Chief Administrative Officer Robert Perry dated March 13, Schultz indicated his plans to retire later in the year. Schultz indicated in his letter that he is ready to go forward with the next chapter of his life and wants to make more time with his family.
City Councilor Dan Lewis issued a statement that reads: "This is a critical time in the history of the Albuquerque Police Department. Ray Schultz made a courageous decision. Despite all that the department and city have been through I believe he is turning to the next chief a better department. Ray Schultz should be honored for his service. He is greatly appreciated and I wish him the very best."
Albuquerque Police Officers Association President Greg Weber released a statement regarding Police Chief Ray Schultz’s impending retirement.
He began by thanking Shultz for his hard work and dedication.
Weber then wrote, "When the Chief leaves, there is no doubt his absence will be felt. The APD is losing one of the most innovative, forward thinking, and hardworking police chiefs in the country. His ability to anticipate where the profession of law enforcement is going, how crime itself is evolving, and his drive to give police better tools to combat crime is something we believe both citizens and officers will miss greatly.
However, this is a very tumultuous time for the Albuquerque Police Department and our members do feel it is time for a new leader. We hope to continue working with Chief Schultz during the transition and look forward to working with his successor to tackle the issues of morale and manpower plaguing this department. The APOA will continue to a voice for the rank and file officers as this unfolds.”
KOB Eyewitness News 4 will have more on this breaking story on tonight’s newscasts.