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This is Jerry T. Powell, in 1978, when he was a lieutenant with the Albuquerque Police Department. At the time, he was the swing-shift commander of the Southeast Area Command. He would be promoted twice more, to captain and eventually to deputy chief. He was tough, but always friendly.Though we had our differences, ultimately he was a fair man.
He joined APD on Nov. 29, 1962, after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the city in June of 1988.
When I was president of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association, Powell would go out of his way to seek me out, in my office, whenever he had a planned change that might affect the working relationship with officers. He always got his way, not because of the simple showing of respect, but because of his thoroughness, attention to detail and he got it right. He would always quote the applicable sections of the contract, city and department regulations. He sought consensus, but didn’t demand it. It made him a rare breed.
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Powell, 70, took his own life on Sun. Feb. 4., in Rio Rancho.
He always had the perfect uniform and motivated officers by ending his comments with “look sharp.” Same to you J.T., “Look Sharp!”