Proactive law enforcement key for office

By Matt Murray: Guest columnist

Thanks to all of you for the kindness that you’ve shown me and others involved in the “Matt Murray for sheriff” campaign.

In 1976, as a 19-year-old, I was sworn in as a police officer by one of my heroes; his name was Clovis Police Chief Nelson Worley. It was on that day that I committed to God, my family, Chief Worley and the people of this community to protect and serve. As a current police officer, I continue to honor my commitment to God, my family, the late Chief Worley and to you. Today I ask that you allow me the opportunity and privilege to continue to protect and serve as your next Curry County sheriff.

As you know, unity amongst law enforcement is of the utmost importance to protect Curry County’s citizens. Sharing information and working together with local, state and federal officers to solve crime is imperative in today’s world of traveling criminals. I am the only candidate who is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, two former Clovis police chiefs, the current police chief and deputy chief, the district attorney, the commander of the Major Crime Unit, our New Mexico State Police-Clovis district captain, lieutenant, and both sergeants. I am humbled by the public support of my colleagues. As your sheriff, I will always put the safety of the community first and personal gain last. I will work with all law enforcement agencies, with the common goal to take any person off our streets who puts you or your family in harm’s way.

As an administrator, I will always respond to your concerns in a professional manner. As the current president of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association, I reviewed a survey that indicated “quick response to citizens’ concerns” is one of the most important factors to the people we serve. I commit to you that your Sheriff’s Department and deputies will be available, equipped and trained to assist you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

I thrive on proactive law enforcement and drug interdiction. I will bring Curry County the experience that I received as the chief of the New Mexico Motor Transport Division. In addition to managing a $15 million budget and 250 employees, my proactive team of officers seized a record of 35,423 pounds of marijuana, 422 pounds of cocaine and more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine in 2005.

As your sheriff, I will appoint Wesley Waller as the under sheriff. Together we bring over 40 years of law enforcement experience and training to your Sheriff’s Department. With our team of deputies, we will actively assist other enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s Office in the battle against drugs. We will implement every proactive law enforcement technique possible to stop drug trafficking into Curry County.

I am committed and excited to protect and serve you as the next sheriff of Curry County. I will sincerely appreciate your vote on Election Day.