Statement From Darren White

July 15th, 2011 at 5:01 pm by under Latest Posts

I am announcing my retirement today in order to end the distraction surrounding my wife’s recent accident and allow Mayor Richard Berry and city leaders to focus on the important issues the people of Albuquerque deserve to have addressed.

However, the investigation must move forward and I intend to work hard to clear my name and stand-up for my wife, whose medical condition was improperly made public through the illegal leaking of confidential medical records.

Getting the truth out is very important to me and I am confident any investigation will show:

*I made it clear to the police officer that he was in charge of conducting any investigation and that I would not interfere.

* Nearly an hour after the accident and when it was clear that the scene investigation was complete, I took my wife to get medical attention. No one at the scene disagreed with that action.

* I did not take my wife to the hospital with lights and sirens on, nor did I violate any policy regarding the use of emergency equipment.

* My wife was diagnosed with a seizure by a neurologist at Presbyterian and was subsequently hospitalized for two days.

* No doctor, including my wife’s own physician, believe that the medical condition that caused the accident had anything to do with the medication she has been taking daily without complication for over a year.

* The speculation in the illegally leaked paramedic report that the symptoms might have been caused by “opiates” was conclusively disproved by a drug test administered at the hospital.

* We never would have released any of my wife’s personal medical history until we learned from the media that someone illegally leaked her confidential, and misleading, medical records to the press.

* The leaking of the paramedic’s report in this case broke federal and state laws.

I am very proud of my lifetime record of public service, beginning as a member of the 82nd Airborne in the US Army, continuing as a police officer, sheriff, and public safety administrator at both the state and local level.

I dedicated my life to public safety and hope I made a positive difference in my community. I feel honored to have worked with some of New Mexico’s finest public servants.  Our challenge is never easy and the circumstances often difficult, but we rise to the task every day.    I deeply appreciate having been given the honor to serve.

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2 Responses to “Statement From Darren White”

  1. cynthia m. torres says:

    Darren I have worked with you since 1987 starting at APD and all I can say is that you have always been a good person, and great public servant. Your capacity will never be filled, just take care of you and your wife and the family and all will come together it is time for you to take 5…..

  2. Happy Darren is gone says:

    Na na na na. Na na na na. Hey hey hey. Goodbye!
    Whether he retires or is fired we will remember Darren White and his idiotic decisions.
    He has NO future here.
    Go back under the rock whence you came from.
    You did nothing good for New Mexico. All you did was get under people’s skin like a parasite and suck the blood from the community.
    Good riddance.
    The new Mrs. White’s “condition” will take a back seat while he gives her a good what for.

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