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Top Airport Cop Retires

Top Airport Cop Retires

Marshall Katz has retired as chief of the city's Aviation Police department

Aviation Police Deputy Chief John Roberts is acting chief


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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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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  • Daniel
    September 2, 2016, 1:14 pm

    Another crook in uniform that isn’t held accountable for his criminal behavior. #NMTrue!

    • Ngarrity@Daniel
      September 4, 2016, 5:32 pm

      You are probably a criminal, with that ignorant comment. Chief Katz is one of the good guys. He was railroaded by politicians who wanted his job for one of their buddies. Don’t believe everything you read Daniel.

    • Eyes Only@Daniel
      September 4, 2016, 5:39 pm

      Daniel give it up. Sour grapes for being a bad little boy. You might be forgiven someday. In the mean time get a job and get off those food stamps.I hear they are looking for help over at St. Martins.

  • ABQ
    September 4, 2016, 6:57 am

    Deputy Chief John Roberts , wasn’t he demoted to Lieutenant?.

    • Eyes@ABQ
      September 4, 2016, 5:57 pm

      He’s the one with a very brown nose.

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