Q&A: Bernalillo County Democratic Sheriff Candidate Rudy Mora

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Rudy B. Mora

NAME: Rudy B. Mora

POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic

OCCUPATION: Retired

TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: 26 years in law enforcement, 10 of those years in a supervisory role and 7 of those years in a leadership role.

EDUCATION: BA in Organizational Leadership, Graduate in Police Personnel and Command from Northwestern University, Graduate in Law Enforcement Leadership from Southern Police Institute, Executive Certificate from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

AGE: 50

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: rudybmoraforsheriff.com

1. What is Bernalillo County’s biggest crime challenge and how would you address it?

The biggest crime challenge in Bernalillo County is violent repeat offenders. I would be a strong advocate and willing to work with all stakeholders, especially the state legislature to create a pretrial detention bill.

2. What differentiates you from your opponents?

What differentiates me from my opponents is my leadership and management experience. I have a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. I completed Northwestern University Police Staff and Command. I hold the highest certificate offered by the NM Department of Public Safety (executive level certificate).

3. Do you have law enforcement certification? In Bernalillo County, sheriffs are not required to have law enforcement officer certification.

Yes, I have held a New Mexico Law Enforcement Certificate since 1994 and my certificate has been valid for my entire career.

4. What was the most important moment of your police career? Or, if you’ve never served in law enforcement, a moment in your career that speaks to how you’ll conduct yourself as a sheriff?

My most significant moment was when I was able to save a child through CPR. Seeing the lifeless child and being able to rely on my training was a very proud moment for me, especially when she started to breathe and cry.

5. What changes would you make to the sheriff’s office?

I believe in a learning organization and want to create a culture of continuous learning so that we can better serve the public. I promise that we will continually evaluate our tactics and ensure that we serve the public in the most professional and competent manner.

6. Should the sheriff’s office release information about homicides, deputy shootings, and critical incidents as they occur? Why or why not?

I will ensure that public records and related laws or regulations are followed so that we can determine what information must be disclosed, may be disclosed and may not be disclosed. I will always consider whether releasing information could potentially impede the successful conclusion of an investigation or endanger the safety of those involved.

7. What do you think the relationship between the Albuquerque Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office should be and how would you foster that relationship?

I have excellent relations with the current head of the APD. The collaboration between BCSO and APD benefits everyone involved, especially the community. This reduces costs, improves information and training resources, and makes agencies more efficient overall. As I seek to establish cross-agency collaboration with APD, I must remember that it is about working together effectively, not about which agency is best.

Personal history

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

… I have never been subject to tax privileges.

2. Have you ever been involved in personal or commercial bankruptcy proceedings?

No I do not have.

3. Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a DUI, misdemeanor, or felony in New Mexico or any other state? If yes, explain.

No I do not have.

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