‘First dude’ Chuck Franco on Thursday had a send off party in Las Cruces.
The husband to Gov.-elect Susana Martinez, and retiring Undersheriff at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, says he’s ready to get into Santa Fe and start volunteering to help out at-risk youth around the state and also won’t forget his roots as a game warden with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
As quoted by Ashley Meeks of the Las Cruces Sun-News, Franco will keep an eye on helping out law enforcement as best he can as he felt he was able to do in Las Cruces under Sheriff Todd Garrison:
“Our department’s come a long way with equipment, personnel, wages, and the battle to get our staff raises,” Franco said, adding that, once in Santa Fe, he wouldn’t forget the struggles to fund law enforcement. “We’re not giving up on that.”
Here is The Associated Press rewrite of Ashley’s story that came across the wire this morning was was posted on The New Mexican’s website: