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Retired Marine William Barker Named to Replace Martinez on POC

Councilor Dan Lewis has nominated educator and retired Marine William Barker for a position on the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission. If Barker’s nomination is approved by the Mayor, he will take the position being vacated by Linda Martinez of the Fraternal Order of Police.

From Lewis’ letter nominating Barker:

Major [sic] William Barker enlisted in the Marines in Bellingham, Washington in 1965. He served with the Marine Corps until 1990, at which time he retired from the service to work in education. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling. He began as a JROTC Instructor at Eldorado High School upon his retirement from the Marines in 1990, and worked with the school for six years. He then moved to La Cueva High School to serve as the JROTC Instructor in 1996, primarily instructing high school students in leadership curriculum—a program which he developed. In 2010 he became the District Military Instructor for Albuquerque Public Schools, a position in which he oversees 27 instructors at 14 high schools in the JROTC program. He creates job descriptions, assists with curriculum development, and manages a $2.8 million budget. A resident of City Council District 9, [Mr] Barker will replace Ms. Linda Martinez on the commission. His first full term will expire on February 1, 2016.

Barker is also the New Mexico state director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, a national non-profit organization that promotes firearm safety and marksmanship training with an emphasis on youth. See Mr Barker’s Online Bio.

The Albuquerque Journal published a profile news story in 2009 about Barker’s work with the JROTC in the Albuquerque Public Schools.

According to a 2012 Journal story, Barker is the 11th highest-paid employee at APS. His annual salary of $107,326 is split between APS and the military.

  • What a crock! Political from the word go. That is why he is probably the only marine to have avoided serving in combat during his entire 25 years.