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Jaret McDonald, 42, a lifelong Los Alamos County resident and currently a construction superintendent for Los Alamos National Security LLC, announced this week he will be running for sheriff against incumbent Marco Lucero.
In an email, McDonald said he also runs a part-time business as a big game outfitter and logger.
McDonald and his wife live in White Rock.
“I believe that I can direct the Sheriff’s office in a way that will serve Los Alamos residents well, save taxpayer money, and be true to the intent of the Los Alamos Charter,” McDonald said in an email. “ I will ensure the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) and Sheriff Office roles do not overlap. I will work closely with LAPD to eliminate any duplication of effort and perhaps ask LAPD to take on small additional roles that are within their purview and that the sheriff’s office is performing now. Since both offices are paid for by the taxpayers, streamlining and having clear roles of both departments will clear up potential confusion for residents as well as limit the time (paid time) of deputies.”
McDonald’s law enforcement background includes eight years with the New Mexico Mounted Patrol where he held a commission and earned the rank of Sergeant.
McDonald said the New Mexico Mounted Patrol is an unfunded, volunteer, state law enforcement agency that assists other state, federal and regulatory bodies on request. Mounted Patrol Troopers have the same authority as the requesting agency.
“While in the Mounted Patrol, I supported the Secret Service, the United States Forest Service, the N.M. Game and Fish Department, the FBI, New Mexico State Police and other agencies,” McDonald said.
“The majority of my effort was spent working with New Mexico State Police Officers from the Española Office. I responded to homicides, DUI arrests, DUI collisions, drug raids, child services and protection, traffic stops, sex offender issues, serving papers and domestic disputes among other incidents. Active members of the Mounted Patrol, although part time, develop broad enforcement experience with a variety of law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
“I will apply these skills to the part time position of Los Alamos County Sheriff and ensure that Los Alamos residents are well served.”