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This profile was last updated on 2/17/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Commander
  • Executive Director
  • Commander
    Border Operation Task Force
  • Supervisor
    Border Operation Task Force
  • Investigator for the Office of the District Attorney
    Sixth Judicial District
  • Commander
    Deming Police Department
  • Luna County Sheriff's Office

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
  • Director
    Border Operation Task Force


  • Bachelor's degree , criminal justice
    Western New Mexico University
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Web References
Larry Lutonsky, commander of ..., 17 Feb 2010 [cached]
Larry Lutonsky, commander of the BOTF, said his agents, New Mexico State Police and New Mexico Adult Probation Officers went to an address in the 5700 block of South Country Club Road to check on a probationer.
"Paez claimed possession," Lutonsky said.
Lutonsky announces bid for ..., 28 Jan 2010 [cached]
Lutonsky announces bid for sheriff
"I've lived here was born and raised, grew up here," said Larry Lutonsky, 56. "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 current assignment. "I've enjoyed it. I just want to get back to general law enforcement."
He foresees no immediate changes if elected sheriff.
"I know pretty much what they do," Lutonsky said of the LCSO.
Lutonsky 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 and his 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. He 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 said.
Name: Larry Lutonsky
Larry Lutonsky, director of ..., 4 Aug 2009 [cached]
Larry Lutonsky, director of the BOTF, reported two undercover agents delivered marijuana to the men. During the subsequent arrest attempt, the Jeep was driven East on West Pine Street, Lutonsky said in a news release, then turned onto South Copper Street. At Copper and Pine, a green travel bag was thrown from the driver's side of the Jeep.
Las Cruces Sun-News - ONLINE EXTRA: Search turns up drugs, firearms, arrests, 27 July 2006 [cached]
"In the last two weeks, we've seized at least 10 weapons," said Larry Lutonsky, executive director for BOTF.
Mike Eby, a LCSO deputy, has ..., 21 May 2010 [cached]
Mike Eby, a LCSO deputy, has withdrawn to support Larry Lutonsky.
"I've been kept so busy, I haven't had time to campaign and I believe Larry Lutonsky is going to make a wonderful sheriff. He's a wonderful man. I've known him for several years, worked with him before. We just got together and talked together and decided what we'd like. I'm still pretty busy there at the office."
Lutonsky is director of the Border Operation Task Force, an arm of the Sixth Judicial District Attorney's Office. The BOTF addresses drug cases.
"A lot of people know Mike and respect him," Lutonsky said.
Lutonsky declined to reveal his undersheriff choice, as the person is state-employed and Lutonsky doesn't want to endanger that employment.
Lutonksy, 56, is a U.S. Navy veteran. He has 29 years in law enforcement, almost 14 with the BOTF. He has worked for the Luna County Sheriff's Office, Deming Police Department and as investigator for the D.A's Office. He became BOTF commander in 2004.
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