Bernalillo County sheriff candidate Manuel Gonzales III

  • NAME : Manuel Gonzales III
  • POLITICAL PARTY : Democrat
  • OCCUPATION : Sheriff
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE : Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE : 25 years in law enforcement; four years in the Marine Corps, honorable discharge
  • EDUCATION : Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, bachelor of science in occupational education, major in management, minor in occupational education with minor specialization in law enforcement, 2009; Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute, associate of applied science degree in criminal justice, 1993

1. What would be your approach to making Bernalillo County a safer place?

I am committed to consolidating law enforcement services to minimize duplication of resources. Share and collaborate with local, state and federal stakeholders to enhance public safety. I will also place more deputies in the community, schools and businesses to protect our children, families and citizens.

2. What differentiates you from your opponents?

I possess 25 years of diversified law enforcement experience and have developed an accomplished network of contacts. I have established successful relationships with key decision makers throughout the community, which has enabled me to keep our community safe and obtain much needed equipment and training for our deputies.

3. What was your most important action during your law-enforcement career?

As sheriff, I am providing high level transparency and accountability to the Sheriff’s Office. Emboldening our citizens to collaborate with our deputies. Empowering deputies has enhanced our community outreach and improved communication with citizens. Citizens call the Sheriff’s Office and we respond! This is what people want and it works!

4. What changes would you make to the Sheriff’s Office?

With the public’s support, during my next term as sheriff, I will continue on a reasonable path of major improvements to include putting more deputies in the community, increasing collaboration with stakeholders, investing in technology, developing community-based policing efforts, and expanding infrastructure.

5. Do you think the Sheriff’s Office deputies should use on-body cameras or dashboard cameras? Why or why not?

Yes, I support the implementation of dashboard cameras but not the implementation of body-worn cameras (BWC). The future of BWC technology appears to be ambiguous and costly. I would prefer funding to honor our citizens’ requests of placing more deputies in our community to fight our escalating crime problem.

6. How would you ensure the Sheriff’s Office policies align with best practices?

Continue our ongoing review of best practices for the Sheriff’s Office. Continue to compare our policies to recognized organizations, such as the National Sheriffs’ Association, International Association Chiefs of Police, the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, etc.

7. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state?


8. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject of any state or federal tax liens?


9. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?