Chuck Franco

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Chuck Franco
First Gentleman of New Mexico
Personal details
Other political
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Republican Party (before 1968)
Spouse(s) Susana Martinez
Profession Law Enforcement

Charles "Chuck" Franco was a game warden, police officer, Undersheriff for Doña Ana County, Judge on the Dona Ana County Magistrate Court, and the First Gentleman of New Mexico.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Franco was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, graduating from Las Cruces High School and earning a degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University. He has an older brother and younger sister."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Franco is married to Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez.[5] Through Franco's job as an undercover investigator, he met Martinez while she was an assistant district attorney.[6] The two married in 1991.[7] Franco has one son, Carlo, who served in the United States Navy.[8] Franco is an advocate for Horses for Heroes and the Youth Diagnostic Development Center in Albuquerque."[9] Franco is a longtime supporter of the Weed and Seed program of the Community Capacity Development Office.[10] Franco is a hunter and fisherman.[11][12] Franco has been a member of the Republican Party[13] since 1995, when he and Martinez changed their membership from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.[14][15][16]

Career[edit]

Franco graduated from the police academy in 1978.[17] Franco has been a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years, and served as the Doña Ana County Undersheriff.[18] Franco began working in law enforcement, starting as a game warden.[19] In 1996, Franco ran for a position as Magistrate judge in Doña Ana County.[20] He won, and served for three years.[21][22] During his career, Franco has worked for "the Las Cruces Police Department, the city's Weed and Seed program and the New Mexico State University Police Department."[23] Franco was a police detective when the Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre occurred.[24] "As part of the investigation, he had to videotape the scene."[25]

In 1992, Martinez was fired by then District Attorney Greg Valdez. Valdez stated that Martinez brought in a case that Franco was working on.[26] "A potential conflict of interest between Martinez and Franco was an issue in the late 1990s, when she first became district attorney. Franco was a magistrate judge, and some cases being prosecuted by the district attorney’s office were assigned to him. Franco was running for re-election in 1996, the same year Martinez first ran for DA. His Democratic opponent and others said there would be a conflict if both were elected. But Franco and Martinez said Franco would recuse himself from all cases involving the DA’s office."[27] Franco's relationship with Martinez was twice raised as a concern when, as District Attorney, "she had to decide whether officer-involved shootings were justified."[28]

Franco was a member of Martinez' search team for members of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.[29]

Presently, Franco is a retired career cop.[30] As of January 1, 2011, he is the First Gentleman of New Mexico.[31][32]

New Mexico Coalition for Literacy[edit]

Adult literacy is one of three main causes to which Franco has decided to dedicate his time.[33] New Mexico Coalition for Literacy is "a cause close to his heart from his work in Las Cruces under the federally funded Weed and Seed program to help at-risk youths. There he saw firsthand how improving reading skills helped kids succeed in school."[34] Franco stated that "'supporting the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy also complements Gov. Susana Martinez' push to improve K-12 education in the state'"[35] Franco observed, while working with troubled youth, "that their issues ran beyond behavioral problems. Having parents at home who couldn't read was one of them."[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dona Ana County Bids Farewell to Franco
  2. ^ New Mexico Elects State’s First Woman Governor
  3. ^ Sheriff's department asks residents to do what they can to help curb gang violence
  4. ^ Dona Ana County Bids Farewell to Franco
  5. ^ Franco lends support to adult literacy coalition
  6. ^ Spotlights on NM's "First gentleman" Chuck Franco makes history
  7. ^ Is Susana Martinez Married?
  8. ^ New Mexico Elects State’s First Woman Governor
  9. ^ Franco lends support to adult literacy coalition
  10. ^ Just Plain Chuck
  11. ^ Doña Ana County undersheriff to blaze new trail as governor-elect's sidekick
  12. ^ From bordertown neighborhood to state’s highest elected office
  13. ^ Doña Ana County undersheriff to blaze new trail as governor-elect's sidekick
  14. ^ A rising GOP star in Santa Fe
  15. ^ How to grab them
  16. ^ Doña Ana County undersheriff to blaze new trail as governor-elect's sidekick
  17. ^ Chuck Franco, The First Gentleman
  18. ^ New Mexico Elects State’s First Woman Governor
  19. ^ Doña Ana County undersheriff to blaze new trail as governor-elect's sidekick
  20. ^ Martinez: I’ll make the tough – and ethical – decisions
  21. ^ Man of Respect: Undersheriff Chuck Franco
  22. ^ Martinez’s marriage to cop has led to conflict allegations
  23. ^ Susana Martinez works to prove she's ready for state's top job
  24. ^ 20 years later, Las Cruces bowling alley murders a lingering mystery
  25. ^ Doña Ana County undersheriff to blaze new trail as governor-elect's sidekick
  26. ^ Susana Martinez works to prove she's ready for state's top job
  27. ^ Martinez’s marriage to cop has led to conflict allegations
  28. ^ Martinez’s marriage to cop has led to conflict allegations
  29. ^ Oil and gas industry dominates Martinez’s energy & environment search team
  30. ^ Just Plain Chuck
  31. ^ Chuck Franco, The First Gentleman
  32. ^ NM governor, husband unhurt after small plane makes hard landing at Santa Fe airport
  33. ^ Franco lends support to adult literacy coalition
  34. ^ Just Plain Chuck
  35. ^ Franco lends support to adult literacy coalition
  36. ^ Gov's husband pushing for literacy funding

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Barbara Richardson
First Gentleman of New Mexico
2011 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent