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Posted July 14, 2010

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APS Police Chief to Resign in August

Bill Reed Plans to Devote More Time to Business Interests

Albuquerque Public Schools Police Chief Bill Reed announced plans to resign next month to devote more time to business interests. Deputy Chief Steve Tellez will take over as interim police chief and Det. Steve Gallegos will serve as interim deputy chief beginning Aug. 20.

“Chief Reed has been a true asset to Albuquerque Public Schools, and he will be sorely missed,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “However, he leaves behind a safer learning environment for our nearly 90,000 students and for that we are grateful.”

In Reed’s nearly three years as APS police chief, the department has seen many improvements:

  • Armed officers on duty around the clock;
  • Full staffing in schools;
  • An improved image and relationship with school employees and the APS administration;
  • Standardized in-house training;
  • The arrest and successful prosecution of people who victimize students and the district;
  • An updated fleet; 
  • A greater presence in schools which has resulted in no major incidents during the past two school years;
  • New evidence handling procedures that conform with the national standards; and 
  • Implementation of remote video monitoring at all APS high schools and middle schools and numerous elementary schools.

“APS is changing and we are making great progress.  It has truly been an honor and a great experience to be involved in the management of this district,” Reed said. “I only wish the media and the public really knew how difficult it is to run a school district, and how many dedicated people there are throughout this organization.  I have enjoyed working with Superintendent Brooks, Dr. Brad Winter, the Board of Education, the APS leadership team and especially my staff.”

Reed became APS police chief in October 2007, following 20 years with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. During his law enforcement career, he served on several task forces including one designed to locate and apprehend violent fugitives and others investigating federal narcotics cases for  the Drug Enforcement Administration. He also was an area commander and led several criminal investigative units including those that dealt with crimes against children, gangs, narcotics, sex offenders, homicides/violent crimes and white collar crime.

Reed is an entrepreneur, real estate developer and licensed general contractor.

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