CPOA director resigns

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The leader of a group created to hold Albuquerque police to account, has resigned, calling on the organization’s board not to automatically renew him.

“You have decided to refuse my request and open my position to candidates. You came to this conclusion without speaking or consulting with community stakeholders, but the shameful thing is the fact that you didn’t even have enough respect to speak to an ACPO staff member, ”said Executive Director Ed Harness.

Harness announced at Thursday night’s board meeting that he was withdrawing his candidacy to continue serving as executive director of the Civilian Police Oversight Agency or CPOA. This is the group that investigates complaints and cases of use of force. Harness says that during his six-year tenure, the agency has really turned around, even though he has dealt with 29 different bosses during that time.

Earlier this year, the CPOA finally secured more funding to strengthen its workforce and make ODA more transparent during investigations. Most of the board remained silent after Harness’s announcement, with the exception of board chairman Eric Olivas, who thanked Harness for his service.

“It’s a shock to all of us, I imagine, but I wish you well in your future endeavors and thank you for giving us this information tonight,” Olivas said.

Harness says November 15 will be her last day.

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