- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Some Albuquerque officials say they are troubled that top staffers in the city’s police department are getting salary bonuses.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (https://bit.ly/13YRzMb ) Wednesday that city councilors say retention bonuses are meant for rank-and-file officers, not department executives.

The city council received data this week showing a request for $1 million in annual retention pay for more than 100 officers, including Police Chief Gorden Eden and some deputy chiefs.

The city last month adopted legislation offering up to $12,000 to officers within one or two years of retirement. The measure is an effort to help with an officer shortage.

A police spokesman says Eden is declining the bonus.

The Albuquerque police union says it supports officers of any rank receiving pay for which they are eligible.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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