Marshall Katz has retired as chief of the city's Aviation Police department
Aviation Police Deputy Chief John Roberts is acting chief
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI
Marshall Katz has retired as chief of the city’s Aviation Police department, and the city will no longer pursue a case against him to revoke his law enforcement license.
Katz put in for his retirement on July 23, but he will remain the city’s payroll until July 1, 2017 as he gets paid for unused sick leave and vacation time, Aviation Department spokesman Daniel Jiron said Thursday.
The retirement ends an eight-month saga during which Katz was the subject of two investigations, one for allegedly sending aviation police off the airport’s premises to take calls that regular APD cops should have taken, and the other for improperly tagged drug evidence that was seized from a passenger at the airport.
Even though Katz is still on the city’s payroll, he is no longer coming into the office and has no official duties, Jiron said.
Aviation Police Deputy Chief John Roberts has taken over as acting chief, Jiron added. It’s unclear how long Roberts will hold that job because, earlier this year, the city announced that it would fold the aviation police into the Albuquerque Police Department. That process is ongoing, Jiron said.
Katz, who had served as Aviation Police Chief for 13 years, was not immediately available for comment.
Jiron also said that now that Katz has retired, the city will no longer pursue a case with the New Mexico law Enforcement Academy that sought to strip Katz of his law enforcement license. The Director of the NMLEA, Stephan Marshall, has recommended that the case against Katz be dismissed. The NMLEA board is scheduled to consider that recommendation at its Sept. 7 meeting in Ruidoso.
The city could have challenged Marshall’s recommendation to drop the case against Katz.
(Photo by Mark Bralley)
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