announces bid for sheriff
"I've lived here was born and raised, grew up here," said Larry Lutonsky
"I just want to keep working with the community.
I think I have lots of expertise to offer.
I'm not quite ready to end my career."
Lutonsky has worked for the Luna County Sheriff's Office (1976-77) and Deming Police Department (1982-1999).
While with the DPD, he worked as a patrolman, a traffic officer, was a motorcycle officer, then detective, rising to lieutenant and overseeing the Detective Division.
From 1996 to 1999, he
was assigned to the task force.
He has also worked as an investigator for the Office of the District Attorney of the Sixth Judicial District, beginning in 2000, and was again assigned to the BOTF.
He became its commander in 2004.
Lutonsky earned a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Western New Mexico University in 1985, while working fulltime as a police officer.
"I have several thousand hours advanced training, law enforcement training," Lutonsky
said, "and hold command-level certification from the State of New Mexico."
"Narcotics investigation isn't that different than other kinds of investigation," Lutonsky
said of his
"I've enjoyed it.
I just want to get back to general law enforcement."
foresees no immediate changes if elected sheriff.
"I know pretty much what they do," Lutonsky
said of the LCSO
is holding a fund-raiser Friday.
Contact Tobie Bechtel, at (575) 694- 0675, for tickets for the 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., brisket lunch.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lutonsky
wife of 39 years, Dianna, have two daughters -- Tobie, 32, and Lisa, 36 -- and nine grandchildren.
They all live in Deming
Dianna, who works for Century 21
, moved here with her
family from Baltimore, in the 1960s.
Dianna is the current president of Deming Crime Stoppers
, a position she
has held previously.
Lutonsky is also a long-time member.
is also involved with a group involving rape crisis.
When the Lutonskys have free time, family is one focus.
"A lot of church activities," Lutonsky
said, "a lot of time with the family.
"The task force has been running between $10 and $12 recovered for every dollar spent," Lutonsky
Name: Larry Lutonsky