I Know What I Am Doing, Wink, Wink


Chief Gordon Eden is an embarrassment and refuses to take any responsibility for the staffing levels and unit assignments of his department.

As this report shows, he prefers to blame repeat offenders, the Courts and even the legislature.

Eden claims that it is repeat offenders that are the primary reason for the severe spike in auto thefts and that APD staffing levels have nothing to do with it.

Yet the Alexander Weiss personnel staffing report for the Department of Justice released over a year ago said that APD staffing indeed is a big part of the problem.

What is shocking is that last year, Albuquerque had 8,000 auto thefts or 22 vehicles stolen a DAY or one vehicle stolen almost every hour.

Eden has assigned only 6 detectives, down by at least half, to the Auto Theft Unit doing investigations which translates into active caseloads of 1,333 cases a year.

Eden has had over 3 years to get APD staffing levels up to the 1,000 level and he has been a miserable failure.

One thing Eden has not failed to do is to make sure he is the second highest paid city official at city hall being paid over $166,000 a year.

Nice work Gordo for a political operative who has no prior management experience of a municipal police department.

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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.