Mayoral candidates criticize APD chief's comments about officer affairs

Posted at: 07/25/2013 11:20 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Outgoing Albuquerque Police Chief is days away from retirement, but now under fire for comments he made on KOB Eyewitness News 4.

In his exit interview with KOB Eyewitness News 4's Tom Joles, the two spoke about extramarital affairs within APD.  Schultz said in part it was, "nature at play."

Two mayoral candidates later called Schultz's comments inappropriate.

"What we are talking about is adultery and that's what seems to be condoned by Chief Schultz," said Pete Dinelli, candidate for mayor. "This is a very serious offense."

"No moral standards are causing divorces and suicides within the APD and the city itself," said Paul Heh, candidate for mayor. "How can you run an organization with no moral standards?" 

The two candidates are calling on Mayor Richard Berry to cut his ties with Schultz once the chief retires Aug. 3, and not allow him to serve as a paid advisor.

Berry refused to be interviewed for this story, but his city-spokeswoman said the mayor plans to carry on with his original plan and keep Schultz on after retirement as a consultant for APD.