Our Guest Speaker of the Week is
Republican Candidate for Bernalillo County Sheriff
Scott Baird has been consistently recognized as a leader and promoted through the ranks by Sheriff Joe Bowdich, Sheriff Darren White, and twice by Sheriff Dan Houston. Joining the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office in 1996, he has successfully held positions in every division of the sheriff’s department. Understanding the seriousness of DWI and trying to combat the ongoing problem, Scott proposed that the Sheriff’s office create its own DWI unit, which is now considered one of the state’s premier DWI units. As a Detective Sergeant of the Homicide-Violent Crimes-Gang units, Scott oversaw the battle against the county’s most violent criminals. As Captain, Scott was instrumental in the creation of the Repeat Offender Project whose goal was the apprehension of fugitives who posed a high risk to the citizens of Bernalillo County. Later, he was chosen as Commander of the Field Services Division, where he oversaw all patrol units: the Traffic, DWI, and K-9 Units and the Emergency Response Team.
In 2011, Scott was promoted to Chief Deputy, the highest ranking sworn officer in the Department. Scott is a State Certified Master Instructor in defensive tactics and firearms and a pistol expert. He is also the recipient of the Executive Certification, the highest certification awarded by the State of New Mexico. Scott holds a B.S. with highest honors in Organizational Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Scott is a successful entrepreneur and has been involved in the development and direction of several small businesses. He understands budgets, finances and asset acquisition and allocation. He is dedicated and committed to serving others and currently volunteers his time as treasurer of the board of Directors at his local church. Scott and his family also support several worthy causes such as Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Dream Center, Vision America, and the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as contributing to the purchase of upgraded bullet-proof vests for officers of the APD and deputies of the BCSO.