Q&A: Bernalillo County sheriff candidate Lou Golson
- NAME: Lou Golson
- POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
- OCCUPATION: Retired
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: 39 years in law enforcement EDUCATION: High school diploma
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.lougolsonforsheriff.com
What would be your approach to making Bernalillo County a safer place?
First, steps must be taken to involve the community. There are more eyes and ears in the community than there ever will be in any department. The community must be comfortable in approaching law enforcement with any information; and law enforcement must be receptive to the community. Then, working with the District Attorney’s Office, the courts and lawmakers to do whatever possible to keep repeat and violent offenders off the streets.
What differentiates you from your opponents?
I have spent the vast majority of my career in uniform working the streets. My experience in working many different units gives me a unique view on how strategies can work well and how others do not work as well. I have contacted citizens in their best of times and worst of times. I carry a very strong sense of duty and believe in community first.
What was your most important action during your law enforcement career?
Serving with distinction for nearly 40 years (military and civilian law enforcement). Was able to successfully supervise and coordinate many critical incidents. Was shot and survived in January 2015 and subsequently awarded the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart.
What changes would you make to the Sheriff’s Office?
Ensure that all personnel and resources are in the proper place to serve the community and ensure its safety. Ensure that all aspects of the Sheriff’s Department conform with all standards of transparency to maintain the trust of the community.
Do you think the Sheriff’s Office deputies should use on-body cameras or dashboard cameras? Why or why not?
Yes, it’s the 21st Century. The use of video is the national standard for all law enforcement agencies. I believe the use of both on-body and dash cameras would capture the most and best information.
How would you ensure the Sheriff’s Office policies align with best practices?
By consulting, nationally, the leaders in law enforcement policies and, locally, the county attorney and district attorney, to ensure all policies and procedures have the best blend of protection for both law enforcement and the community.
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?
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?