Albuquerque native Dan M. Houston was elected to serve as Bernalillo County Sheriff. He is a Rio Grande High School graduate, U.S. Air Force veteran, and holds a bachelor of science degree in criminology from the University of Albuquerque. He has also attended the University of New Mexico and Troy University in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Dan has an extensive law enforcement background. He retired as a captain with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) following 21 years of service. During his time with BCSO he worked as a commander in every division. He also served as chief of police in Mary Esther, Florida for four years and as an Albuquerque Police Department officer for over two years.
Dan campaigned on the following issues and says he looks forward to improving the quality of life for Bernalillo County residents by:
• Committing to put more deputies back on patrol to better prevent crime.
• Continuing to build a strong DWI enforcement effort in the Sheriff’s Department as well as presenting ordinances to the County Commission for seizing vehicles on second DWI offenses within the county.
• Partnering with the County Commission to bring more transparency to county government, better accountability, and ending double standards for civil servants who violate the public trust or the laws of the state of New Mexico.
Dan has worked as Legacy Church’s director of security for several years and he and his wife, Betty, have two children and one grandchild.