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Albuquerque mayor-elect names interim police leadership team

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor-elect Tim Keller has named a team that will oversee the transition of law enforcement in New Mexico's largest city as he prepares to take office.

Police reforms and rising crime fueled the mayoral campaign, and Keller said during a news conference Tuesday that his interim team will be focused on turning around the beleaguered police department.

Heading the effort will be interim Police Chief Mike Geier, who stepped down earlier this year as the chief in neighboring Rio Rancho.

Keller said Geier has the respect front-line officers and knows the Albuquerque Police Department well after serving with the force for about 20 years.

Keller said a national search is planned for a permanent police chief and that the long term goals will be to reduce crime, restore public trust and hire more officers.

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