By Ryan Montes
[Editor’s Note: This article, though written by a frequent contributor to San Eli News does not constitute an endorsement, nor does it reflect the views and opinion of San Eli News or its editorial staff]
Carlos Carrillo, retired El Paso Police Officer and Chief of Canutillo ISD Police, is running for Sheriff. Carrillo put in his bid for Sheriff over a year ago, and with his many career accomplishments was recently endorsed by the Tejano Democrats.
As a former Detective with EPPD, Carrillo’s primary goal, should he be elected, is to bring back trust, values, and leadership to the City of El Paso. This is something that many El Paso residents have been asking for over the last few years.
Serving the community is something that runs deep in the Carrillo family. His father served in the military and is a Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. Border Patrol Special Agent. As a native El Pasoan whose parents emigrated to the US from Mexico, Carrillo understands what issues are important to the borderland.
After graduating from college with a BS in Criminal Justice, Carrillo started his own family. Married with five children, the Carrillo family tradition of serving the community has been passed down to his Children. Charlie, the eldest son, is also an El Paso Police Officer. His second oldest son, Dante, graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is now studying to be an aviator in the Army. His third son, Gabriel, is attending Fordham University in New York to study Global Economics and Financing. His oldest daughter, Gabrielle, is working toward becoming a nurse while his youngest daughter, Dannielle, is still in high school on the varsity track team.
Even with his vast amount of experience and family success, Carrillo feels that continuing education is very important. He knows that the best way to lead is by example and thus he is currently also looking to obtain a master’s degree.