Administrative Support Bureau
Manuel Gonzales III
THE PRIMARY MISSION – The Primary Mission of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) includes the protection of life and property; resolution of conflict; creating and maintaining a feeling of security in the community; pro-actively reducing the opportunities for the commission of crime; identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders of the laws; and the preservation of peace. We accept as part of our mission the responsibility to provide for a quality of life in our community.
The Administrative Support Bureau is comprised of the Administrative Division, the Operations Bureau is comprised of the Field Service Division North/East and South Command and the Criminal Investigations Bureau is comprised of the Criminal Investigations Division. Our Collective mission is to serve the public and our members with fairness, dignity, and respect.
Criminal Investigations Bureau
Chief Deputy Ray D. Chavez Jr began his career with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department in 1998. He is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM. He was promoted to Chief Deputy by Manuel Gonzales III in March of 2016. He has worked in all Divisions of the Department and is a graduate of the 359th class of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command
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Undersheriff Rudy Mora was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a twenty three-year veteran in law enforcement and has demonstrated a progressively responsible record of experience with the New Mexico State Police. While working for the New Mexico State Police, he worked in the Uniform Patrol Division, Investigations Bureau and Special Operations Bureau.
He has been honored with multiple awards ranging from State Police Officer of the year, Top Cop for the State of New Mexico, Top Cop for the United States Honorable Mention, a two time awardee of the US Drug Enforcement Administration Award, Outstanding Drug Interdiction Award, New Mexico State Police Distinguished Service Award and New Mexico State Police Meritorious Achievement Award. He has been directly involved in over 1000 roadside interdiction seizures and has been awarded the prestigious Royal Knight of the Black Asphalt #13. He is an adjunct instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has provided instruction to over 8,000 law enforcement officers throughout the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Undersheriff Mora has proven leadership skills with a focus on hard work, professionalism and dedicated service to the citizens of the State of New Mexico.
Undersheriff Rudy Mora
Sheriff Gonzales has dedicated his entire professional career serving the residents of Bernalillo County. As a young man, Sheriff Gonzales had the opportunity to go on a department sponsored ride-along program where he immediately knew that it was his calling to serve his fellow citizens in a law enforcement capacity. He began his career path as a patrol deputy in 1989. Over the next 21 years, he worked his way through the department serving as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and ultimately was unanimously appointed Sheriff by the Bernalillo County Commission when the sitting Sheriff resigned to seek another position within Bernalillo County.
On January 1, 2015, Manuel Gonzales III was sworn into his first term as Sheriff of Bernalillo County. Bernalillo County is the most populous county in the State of New Mexico with approximately 675,000 residents and encompasses the greater Albuquerque metro area. Sheriff Gonzales has a diversified and extensive law enforcement background. His experience and proven record of commitment to the citizens are essential to the priorities of maintaining public trust, strengthening community partnerships, and providing fair and impartial service to our community.
Sheriff Gonzales is focused on crime prevention through strong partnerships with all community and criminal justice stakeholders. He encourages proactive interaction with community stakeholders including neighborhood associations. He knows that our community is looking for solutions. He sees the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office as being a leader in these solutions, including implementing best law enforcement practices, identifying excellent technology and is committed to providing the top training in mental health and crisis intervention.
A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, Sheriff Gonzales is also a veteran. Sheriff Gonzales served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), a Bachelor’s degree in Management with a minor in Specialization in Law Enforcement. Sheriff Gonzales has completed over 3,000 hours of advanced training in various law enforcement topics, including numerous certifications in Executive, Command, Management, Supervision, and Tactical specialties. He is also a graduate of The Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command.
Manuel has devoted his entire career to public safety and is committed to serving the citizens of Bernalillo County with integrity and honesty. Through Manuel’s long career, he has earned the respect of our community with principles of collaboration, accountability and fairness.
Manuel and his wife Elaine are raising their children in the same community in which they were raised. Manuel is active in his children’s activities, including being a Little League coach, AAU & AYBU basketball coach and a mentor for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.
Chief Deputy Brian Lindley began his career with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department in 1998. He moved from Arizona to Albuquerque in that same year to start his career in Law Enforcement. He has worked in the Criminal Investigations Division, Field Services Division, Administrative Services Division and as Commander of the Internal Affairs Division. He was promoted to Chief Deputy by Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III in September of 2016.