Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza on Thursday announced his plan to seek a second term. 

A Democrat, Mendoza will run in the June 2022 primary.

In a news release, Mendoza, 48, noted some of the challenges the Sheriff's Office faced and overcame during the coronavirus pandemic and touted the expansion of a sex offender registration program, among other items.

Mendoza's career in law enforcement began at the Sheriff’s Office in 1998, where he served for 18 years before retirement. He worked as a substitute teacher and coached high school football until his election in 2018. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of New Mexico.

“Serving as Santa Fe County Sheriff has been an honor and privilege and one of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life," he said in the news release. 

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Chris Mechels

Sheriff Adan Mendoza, sworn to protect the citizens of SF County, in fact is putting them in danger. He hired Deputy Leonardo Guzman, who had murdered a suspect in Eldorado, in violation of SFPD policies. He hired Deputy Patrick Ficke, who had a very bad record with APD, and domestic violence, on his record, after Ficke had escaped prosecution through prosecution error. Guzman then killed the unarmed suspect on Siler Road, for no reason. Ficke killed the suspect in Tesuque, again for no reason. Ficke had been out of law enforcement for six years, and with his record should never been hired.

On his record, Sheriff Mendoza hires violent killers as deputies, and turn them loose on us. He refuses to make his policies available online, and fails is responsibility at the SF Correction Center.

He would have us forget all this, because he enjoys his unchecked power over us. Its a shame that such people are allowed in law enforcement. Sheriffs are a continuing problem across New Mexico, and need reforms and oversight, both sadly lacking. Until then, we can only fire Mendoza, and elect someone a bit more careful of hiring murderous cops; and who commits to removing Ficke and Guzman before they kill again, along with others with such troubled records.

Lupe Molina

Yeah, no thanks. Terrible job.

Chris Mechels

Sheriff Mendoza has been an utter disappointment, and should not be re-elected. He has failed us in many ways.

His Use of Force policies, which he refuses to put online, or enforce, have led to many needless deaths. His Deputies fire there weapons in violation of UOF and are not disciplined. The recent Siler Road killing are an example. Guzman, the officer involved, is a killer, and should have been fired long ago, after the Eldorado killing, where he violated UOF, Pursuit and Body Cam policies.

The SF Sheriff officers, including Guzman, gets the worst training in the state, and Mendoza, who "sits" on the LEA Board, does nothing about this.

He will not make his polices available online, as SFPD and APD do, preferring secrets.

He is failing oversight at the SF Detention Center, contributing to their poor record.

In summary, Mendoza is a posturing, inept, administrator and manager, and we are unlikely to get any progress with him in office. SF Sheriff continues their sad history as an out-of-control bunch of thugs.

D. Stark

Agree absolutely with C. Mechels assessment. The County Sheriff’s Department is a sham. There is no accountability whatsoever, and no help when it is needed. One prime example, the recent killing in Tesuque by an officer with a history of abuse. Mendoza and the department have apparently simply moved on. Has Mendoza even tried to rectify this tragedy? There are many instances of neglect and sidestepping important problems and issues. How effective is he? Unfortunately, the same question can be asked of the City. Medoza’s statement; “Serving as Santa Fe County Sheriff has been an honor and privilege and one the most rewarding professional experiences in my life” is both cunning and smooth.

Lupe Molina

Indeed, it does seem city an county police collude in their incompetence.

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