Albuquerque’s Civilian Police Oversight Board has two new members: Bill Kass and Valerie St. John. Dr. Kass is a retired Sandia Labs employee with a PhD in Chemistry. His wife is retired State district judge Anne Kass. They have been concerned and critical of many aspects of the police reform effort in Albuquerque. Bill Kass appears to have a strong sense of the the need for civilian control of police policy, as he addresses the CPOB under “public comments” in June, 2016, a little over a year ago.
Valerie St. John is a self-employed private investigator. The two new Board members were apparently selected by City Council staff from a list of volunteers for the CPOB positions.