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During my 23 years as an FBI agent, I spent a large portion of my career conducting criminal investigations in small towns and rural communities. Unlike its portrayal on some TV cop shows, the FBI does not simply enter into an investigation and push aside local law enforcement. Whether it is a large metropolitan police force or a rural sheriff’s office, in almost all investigations, a successful conclusion is reached only through close working relationships among enforcement agencies, most importantly among their personnel at all levels.
As a retired FBI agent relocating to Pagosa Springs, in 2011 I volunteered at the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office as a special deputy for investigations. For almost one year, I routinely interacted with then Detective Sergeant Rich Valdez. I found him to be a person of high moral character and integrity.
Rich Valdez is a good listener and one who possesses excellent communication skills. He is very respectful and, above all, especially responsible. Rich possesses the intellectual and institutional knowledge of a leader. He will most effectively serve the citizens of Archuleta County and also appropriately liaison with other law enforcement agencies.
I was pleased to endorse Rich’s attendance at the FBI Rocky Mountain Command College in 2013. Likewise, I am equally pleased to endorse Rich Valdez as the next sheriff of Archuleta County.
Everett Robinson, III