Michael Castro, Week of September 27, 2010
Michael Castro is a retired Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief who served the city for more than 20 years. Deputy Chief Castro has had an exemplary record throughout his career. Shortly after retiring last December, Deputy Chief Castro entered into a contract with the city to be paid $1.00 to coordinate and act as the city’s liaison to the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Police Shooting Championship.
Albuquerque was the host to this year’s competition, which brings together hundreds of police officers from all across the globe. The shooting competition is a three-day event which has a significant economic impact to our city. Though the event has been held in Albuquerque for the past five years, the contract recently expired. Due to Castro’s diligent efforts, the NRA signed a new two year extension with the city of Albuquerque.
This is significant because Albuquerque competes with cities all around the nation to host the championship. Castro proved to be an exemplary ambassador for Albuquerque by convincing the NRA to extend its contract with the Duke City. This will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars into our local economy, filling hotels and our local restaurants. For those who live in Albuquerque, we already know that our city is a great place to work, live, and play. For $1 a year, Castro takes that motto and convinces others as well.