Where Are Darren’s and Gordon’s Awards?

The Washington Post recognized Mayor Richard Berry as one of the 11 most inspiring people because of the city program “There’s a Better Way”. (For full story see https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/12/29/2016-wasnt-all-bad-here-are-the-11-most-inspiring-people-we-met-this-year/?utm_term=.bb95c031c851) The program allows the city to hire panhandlers for day jobs and pays them an hourly wage. I cannot wait for the Washington Post to award Berry’s former Chief Public Safety Officer Darren White and Chief Gordon Eden awards for “inspirational law enforcement” towards the homeless. Darren White said “take the gloves off” to remove the homeless from downtown Albuquerque costing the city $98,000 to settle a case. APD Chief Gordon Eden said the shooting of homeless camper James Boyd was “justified” and the City paid $5 million to settle with the Boyd family.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.