Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Chief Told to Turn In Badge.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Elaine D. Briseno Journal Staff Writer

Top Officer Angers Bernalillo Mayor

Bernalillo Police Chief Ramon Montijo said the mayor told him Monday afternoon to turn in his badge after only about six weeks on the job.

Montijo was hired in mid-April to replace William Relyea, whose contract was not renewed in January.

Mayor Charles Aguilar said Montijo's firing does not become official until approved by the Town Council. Until then Montijo is officially on suspension.

Montijo said the mayor called him into his office Monday afternoon around 2 and demanded to know the details of an outside investigation into alleged improprieties within his department. …

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