Lt. Britt Snyder threw his hat into the ring Saturday. He announced his candidacy for the position of Chaves County Sheriff, at a reception held at Comfort Inn. Here, Snyder discusses his plans for the future at CCSO with one of the constituents. (Jessica Palmer Photo)
Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Britt Snyder announced his candidacy for sheriff at a reception held at Comfort Inn on Saturday. He said he felt it was an obligation and moral responsibility to work for the betterment of the community.
“You have to step up, be responsible and accountable. We work for the voters.”
He offers his experience to the citizens of Chaves County. Snyder has been with the CCSO for 24 years. Snyder has worked under three sheriffs: Rob Coon, Pat Jennings and Terrell Tucker. He said he learned much from each of them.
“The County has been good to me. I know a lot about the history of the Sheriff’s Office, the good and the bad, and we’ve come a long way.”
Snyder also worked with law enforcement in Catron County, where he grew up, for three years.
Snyder is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy Executive Training, a 10-week-long course.
“It’s quite an honor; only eight law enforcement officers get selected from New Mexico each year.”
In his current position as the number three man at the SO, Snyder deals with the day-to-day issues of funding, budgets and administration.
Snyder told the audience as he announced his candidacy, “This is a monumental effort, and this is just the beginning. I have a million ideas right now.”
One priority is to build bridges between the various law enforcement agencies, including the Hagerman, Dexter and Lake Arthur police departments. “We need to rebuild our relationship with the Roswell Police Department and have to get the SO involved in the Chaves County Metro Drug Task Force again. That is a must.”
He wants the SO to be more accessible to the people of Chaves County. His emphasis will be on crime prevention and community outreach. “We want to do what is best for the community.”
Snyder said that driving while under the influence is another important issue for him. “In 1991, my mom was killed by a drunk driver. It’s something I take very seriously.”
His wife, Jean, is ready for the campaign trail. “I’m excited. We’re going to have a fun year. … The family is 100 percent behind him.”
Jean, who works as a counselor at University High School, noted that the family is a law enforcement family. “His brother is in law enforcement, and I worked with the Secret Service. We met in Washington when I trained him for the D.A.R.E. program.”
She referred to her husband as a person of the people. “As a D.A.R.E officer, he has made an impact on the young,” said Jean.
She concluded: “I’m committed to him and to the campaign. I simply think he is the best man for the job.”