This just in: (31July12 @ 1740 hrs) ONE OF OUR EYES HAVE SPOTTED "PERCY WILHAM" AT A LOCAL STREET CORNER! THE EYE IS STILL TRYING TO VERIFY RATHER THIS IS ACTUALLY LOCAL PERSONALITY TJ WILHAM OR SOMEONE WHO FAVORS HIM AN AWFUL LOT!
For many years, the Albuquerque Journal’s crime and police beat was covered by TJ Wilham (or Todd Wilham as he’s also known). TJ broke many stories against the Albuquerque Police Department including the beating of New York surgeon Vincent Moss to false arrests made by APD Special Investigations Division car technician David Young to KOB cameraman getting beat up to the infamous “Red Light” cameras. Mr. Wilham held the position until he was hired by then Public Safety Director Darren White upon R.J. Berry’s election as Mayor in late 2009. Jeff Proctor took over Mr. Wilham’s position and has since covered the Journal’s crime and police beat.
Mr. Wilham continued to act as Mr. White’s PIO until early 2011 when the Mayor’s administration found out he leaked information concerning text messages between Mayor Berry’s PIO, Chris Huffman-Ramirez and APD Officer Byron “Trey” Economidy after Officer Economidy’s shooting incident. For reasons unknown Mr. Huffman-Ramirez was texting Officer Economidy directly during the night of Officer Economidy’s shooting incident with Jacob Mitschelen. But it seems Mr. Wilham had an ace up his sleeve as while there was a flurry of talk about Mr. Wilham’s termination, he in fact got promoted. He went from being a Public Information Officer, “Special Projects Coordinator.” Mr. White shortly thereafter self-destructed and was fired as the city’s Chief Public Safety officer.
We at the Eye wonder what exactly “Special Projects Coordinator” means. Aside from its sinister overtones (“Special Projects” is something the Nazi’s were fond of using to describe the indescribable…)and the fact that Mr. Wilham makes as much as an APD lieutenant at $32.57/hour, what exactly is Mr. Wilhelm doing? We know that Chief Schultz has become fond of Mr. Wilham’s loyalty, despite the fact Mr. Wilham has gone from APD critic to APD fan in the course of one pay check. If a better paying job were to come down the food line, would Mr. Wilham realign his loyalty? We know Mr. Wilham has gone with Chief Schultz to the chief’s favorite casino at Ruidoso’s Inn of the Mountain Gods (information courtesy of some of our Eyes). We also know that many of our other Eyes report that Mr. Wilham is the consummate tag-a-long always present on the 5th floor, engorging himself to whatever food is available. But what does he do? Mr. Wilham is supposedly assigned to the Emergency Operations Center. Mr. Wilham has no experience, no knowledge, and no skills relating to emergency operations. However, if he was hungry and one stood between him and a burrito, we’re sure there’d be an “emergency” situation. But our Eyes tell us Mr. Wilham is mostly involved in commuting between places and hitting take-out wherever you can. As the pictures here below reveal, Mr. Wilham has done very well for himself as a public servant! How is it Mr. Wilham can go from consummate critic of APD to Chief Schultz’s biggest fan? Our friends in the media tell us nobody is a bigger snag in satisfying Inspection of Public Records Act requests than Mr. Wilham, something we find ironic given Mr. Wilham’s previous profession. Our Eyes tell us the 5th floor is sitting on a video that makes the Blume incident look tame (and our legal Eyes tell us the Blume incident was indeed reasonable and justified). So far, Mr. Wilham has banked over $38,000 in income for his year to date work. It seems Mr. Wilham’s current assignment is to take notes and brief the Mayor Berry’s police chief on the latest issues. And given his predisposition for continuing to leak information….