From left, Lt. David Webb, Detective Anthony Guerrero and Sgt. Amanda Montaño attend a meeting at the Solace Crisis Treatment Center in 2019. 

Lt. David Webb Jr. has announced he intends to challenge Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza in the June 2022 Democratic primary.

Webb, who comes from a long line of law enforcement officers, said he hopes to improve standards of training in the sheriff’s office and increase community engagement.

Webb began his career in law enforcement at the age of 19 as a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy.

He later transferred to the Santa Fe Police Department at age 22. He worked through the ranks to lieutenant, according to a news release on his candidacy.

Webb also has headed units such as the Special Victims Unit and the Support Operations section, and severed as a lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations section.

Webb was the recipient of the Santa Fe Rotary Club’s Public Safety Award in July 2019 for his work in the city police department’s Special Victims Unit.

“I’ve seen how the dynamics of law enforcement had changed over the years,” Webb said in an interview Tuesday. “I see how law enforcement has become more reactive rather than engaging with the community.”

He said he supports a “community policing philosophy” and hopes to push the community engagement efforts of the sheriff’s office further to solve problems and work toward creating a safer place to live, work and visit.

”I truly believe that with the community and law enforcement agencies working together, we can strive to make Santa Fe a better place,” he said.

He also aims to reconnect with local and neighboring law enforcement agencies when it comes to sharing information and collaborating on solving crime, he said in his news release.

He also plans to “significantly raise the bar” for law enforcement training, with a heavier focus on how to handle crises involving people affected by mental health disorders and implementation of real-life training scenarios for deputies.

These trainings would be coupled with “best practice policies,” such as providing deputies with less lethal options and mental health support, the news release said.

”I’m confident in my knowledge and skills in that aspect to push the sheriff’s office further and create best practice policies that are not only good for the community but good for the deputies,” Webb said.

Webb is so far the only contender against Mendoza, who announced his bid for reelection earlier this month.

(10) comments

Kirk Holmes

What his stance on”certain” Constitutional “rights”?

Denise Herrera

Our City and County are in turmoil obviously we are in dire need of someone that cares about where we are headed and our youth.

Rather than "slinging mud" as I`m sure we all have a "past" let`s come together and support our local candidate`s.

I myself would like to see additional training for all Law Enforcement to cover crime on all levels.

A community forum hosted on a weekend for better attendance would be great, we can ask our questions and draw our conclusions but "slinging mud" is not the answer. Remember all candidate`s have families to include children.

I would like to hear about Sheriff`s commitment to assisting local programs with addiction, we have a city full of crime that involves addiction at it`s worst.

Local Candidate`s should care about the Community they were raised in and I believe this is possible.

Mark Ortiz

and in somewhat related news, Esperanza Shelter is hosting Coffee with a Cop tonight 5:30-7:30 PM at their support center , 3130 Rufina St.

Khal Spencer

Competition is always good. Means the two candidates have to expound on their records and policy ideas.

My guess is the candidates are limited to SF County since it is an elected position, as are, I think, all sheriffs. Not sure the MQ's. I know the significant other of the Los Alamos Sheriff as well as one previous LA County Sheriff (Roy Bates) and I don't think either was a sworn officer but could be wrong.

Lupe Molina

I think you are right, Khal. Usually candidates are only required to be residents of their jurisdiction but do not need to be sworn officers. I think there's an age requirement in some jurisdictions too.

Khal Spencer

Interestingly, a couple of prominent Democrats at one point asked me to run for LAC Sheriff as the other candidates were a bit...spotty...in their opinion. I declined as we were planning on moving to Santa Fe the next year. Was hard to turn it down, given Blazing Saddles is one of my favorite movies.

Nicanor Hererra III

Isn't this the same guy that was fighting back and forth with a Santa fe firefighter over a girl? From what it sounds like (the sfnm did a story on this), he is very immature. Seems like he has no real plans for a department. the usual, "community policing" gab and smooth talk about "real life training scenarios" for deputies. Wow, is this the best he can come up with? Are deputies at the sheriffs department not trained for real life scenarios with the current administration? Last I heard, they do have less than lethal equipment. Chris Mechels would be a better sheriff than this wet behind the years kid. As crazy as some of Chris' ideas are, at least they are original and not the usual cookie cutter, "Hi I'm running for sheriff, we need community policing!"

Chris Mechels

Please detail which of my ideas on our police are "crazy". As for your other comments, Webb is not "wet behind the ears", and has about 17 years as a cop in Santa Fe. I'm no fan of Mendoza who has hired some very violent deputies, such as Guzman and Ficke, and shows no effort to discipline Use of Force policy violations. I find Mendoza arrogant and ignorant, and look forward his departure. Sadly, we limit the Sheriff candidates to SF County residents, thus limiting the field.

Cesar Marti

Do your research because Lt

We is very professional and Married where would you come up with him and some other guy fighting for a girl? When he has a beautiful wife and Blesed father he is well known in our community and has been here his life not one word have I heard negative about him or his family and I do see him changing things especially now with all that is going on I come from a back ground of Law Enforcement and now is not a good time to be an Officer they have families to go home to just as we have families as well! I Support Lt. Webb 100% prayers sent your way and God be with you and all in uniform as when something goes bad your the first they call...always someone who has to comment negatively! Good Luck.

Lupe Molina

Don't know much about Lt. Webb but he's gotta be better than what we got now. He's got my vote.

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