What did you do before coming to CSU in 2008?
During my 22 years with the Albuquerque Police Department, I worked in patrol, investigations, and administrative assignments including crime scene investigator, traffic officer, SWAT, undercover assignments, internal affairs, and planning and research. I also supervised those same units, attended the FBI National Academy, and taught police officers in narcotics investigations and management at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety. In 1994, I became the group supervisor and then director of a federally funded narcotics task force chasing real “Walter Whites” and “Sons of Anarchy” in New Mexico.
What do you like about your current role?
There is nothing I do not like. It is an honor and a privilege to represent CSUPD, working with dedicated people, both on and off campus, whose primary focus is the success of each student; being part of the agency charged with maintaining a safe campus; and working in the dynamic atmosphere of a college campus. CSU provides the perfect playing field to practice community policing. CSUPD officers collaborate and develop partnerships across campus to identify, discuss, and solve issues. That’s the cornerstone of CSUPD’s mission.
Who are your role models?
Foremost, my father, who imparted to me the importance of honesty, integrity, service, and commitment. I also have worked for a number of outstanding supervisors.
What makes you most proud?
I am most proud of my five children. They each are successful in their personal and professional lives. All of them are in a service profession. I think I may have had a bit of influence on their choices based on the profession I chose and have enjoyed so much over the years.
What do you most want parents, students and employees to know?
Parents entrust us with their most valuable and precious possession: their children. I want them, students, and employees to know that we work each day to earn the trust placed on us to keep CSU safe and healthy. Our focus will always remain on accomplishing that task and supporting the educational mission of this university.