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File #: OC-20-6   
Type: Other Communication Status: Confirmed
File created: 3/16/2020 In control: City Council
Final action: 4/6/2020
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Staff Recommendation to Appoint Mr. Eric Nixon to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board
Attachments: 1. OC-6









TO:                     All Councilors


FROM:                     Stephanie M. Yara, Director of Council Services


SUBJECT:                     title

Staff Recommendation to Appoint Mr. Eric Nixon to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board



DATE:                     March 12, 2020



Pursuant to the provisions of §9-4-1-5 of the Police Oversight Ordinance, City Council staff recommends the appointment of Mr. Eric Nixon to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board.


                     APPOINTEE NAME                                                                                                                              TERM                     

Eric Nixon                                                                                                                                                        February 2, 2021                     

7128 Tyree Line Ave. NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114


If appointed, Mr. Nixon will be filling a vacancy left after Ms. Chelsea Van Deventer resigned. Mr. Nixon will be serving a partial term which will expire on February 2, 2021, and he will be eligible for re-appointment for another three-year term. 

Mr. Eric Nixon is currently a Project Manager for the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Nixon’s interest in serving comes from having immersed himself in learning about social justice and equity issues that occur in the community. Mr. Nixon has served as a member of the NW Area Command CPC. This experience has given him a background for voting on and advocating the CPC’s recommendations regarding policing activities and policy changes at APD. If appointed, Mr. Nixon will be dedicated to performing the tasks of the Board as a resolute Board Member and impartial voice intent on finding the best solutions for ensuring APD integrity and accountability. 



Current Board Membership:

Name                                                                                                         Term                     

Mr. Eric Nixon                                                               02/02/2021

Mr. Leonard Waites                                                               02/02/2021

Mr. Eric Olivas                                                               02/02/2021

Ms. Tara Armijo-Prewitt                                          02/02/2022

Ms. Chantal M. Galloway                                           02/02/2022

Vacant                                                                                    02/02/2022

Ms. Cathryn Starr                                                               02/02/2023

Dr. William J. Kass                                                               02/02/2023

Mr. Douglas Mitchell                                          02/02/2023


Per the Ordinance, the Board composition is to consist of nine at-large members who:

“broadly represent the diversity and demographics of the City by way of, including but not limited to, cultural, gender and geographic diversity; and who are representative of the stakeholders of the police oversight process, and who reside within the City of Albuquerque.” 9-4-1-5(A) ROA 1994.

Members serve two three-year terms. Per the Police Oversight Ordinance, Board members must also meet the following requirements:

(1)                     He or she must not have been employed by law enforcement for one year prior to appointment; and

                                          (2)                     He or she must successfully pass a background check; and

                                          (3)                     He or she must have a personal history lacking any pattern of unsubstantiated complaints against APD; and

(4)                     He or she must have a demonstrated ability to engage in mature, impartial decision making; and

(5)                     He or she must have a commitment to transparency and impartial decision making; and

                                          (6)                     He or she must be a resident of the City of Albuquerque

Per Ordinance requirements for the Board’s composition, listed above, Council Staff recommends Mr. Eric Nixon be appointed to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board.


                     Map of CPOA Board Members