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Deputy CAO & Interim Superintendent of Police Reform Sylvester Stanley

Information about Deputy CAO & Interim Superintendent of Police Reform Sylvester Stanley.

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Sylvester Stanley, Deputy CAO and Interim Superintendent of Police Reform

Sylvester Stanley served as Police Chief for the Isleta Police Department from 2018 to 2021, and it is the fourth time he has served as a police chief in New Mexico. His first appointment, coincidentally, was at Isleta Pueblo in December 2002 where he served for one year. He then served in Gallup, New Mexico, from 2003 until 2007. Stanley is one of only three African Americans who have made it to the rank of Police Chief in our state.

Born and raised in Trenton, Tennessee, Stanley considered it a rewarding experience growing up with six brothers and one sister. Over the years they created a special bond of trust and leaned on each other, a necessity as they were challenged as family early in life when their mother passed away when he was fourteen. The family was raised by an aunt and as Sylvester was the oldest, he had to take on the role of "man of the house". He began working on a farm in exchange for lodging and food as well receiving a share of the crops he attended. Stanley states the farm owner was a good man and allowed him to work after school, but as the need for more work to be done increased, the abbreviated schedule was not enough. Sylvester states the time spent on the farm, however, provided the family with the time needed to gel as a family and pull together before moving to the "projects".

Sylvester entered the military at age 17, enlisting in the United States Army. At the time he did not realize this would be the beginning to a lifelong career as he began his law enforcement career when he began working with military police while stationed overseas in Korea. There he learned how to work black market investigations. He continued his military police training at Ft. Riley, Kansas upon his return and his passion continued after being discharged from the military. He moved to Junction City, Kansas in 1976 where he was employed with the local police department serving initially as patrol officer and later moved up to detective. During his time in Junction City, Sylvester attended college at night completing an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1982 he took a lateral entry position with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department where he began his career as a patrolman but quickly advanced through the ranks serving as a Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant retiring, in 2002, with the rank of Captain. Sylvester served as Division Commander in each of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department's four division: Court Services, Administration, Field Services and Criminal Investigations.

In 1989, Sylvester was chosen to the attend the three-month Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy for advanced training, a prestigious Academy located in Quantico, Virginia. He has extensive training in many areas of law enforcement and administration to include hostage negotiations, vice and gang investigations, child-youth services, management and the use of deadly force.

Sylvester married Rosemary Romero in 1980 and they have two sons, one daughter-in-law and seven grandchildren. He says his heroes have been his family who have stood behind him and "nourished his spirit all along his journey. My wife, Rosemary, has been the glue that has kept our family together". She is a wonderful wife, mother, and best friend. Our sons Augustine and Sylvester II completed our lives. However, when his youngest, Sylvester II, passed away in 2015, Sylvester state he, "experienced a most painful time in his life". He stated when his mother passed away that pain was incredible but he was a child and knew he had to survive, but when his child passed away "it generated an indescribable pain that I never expected to experience. I never planned to have outlived my son".

Stanley has been and still is active in many community activities and projects which includes coaching the following organizations: Albuquerque YAFL (youth football), Rio Grande High School Football, Gallup TDFL (youth football)

Stanley’s professional accomplishments include: Retired Captain with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department 43 years of law enforcement experience, Graduate of Southwest Command Staff College, Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Graduate of the FBI National Academy, NM Department of Public Safety Command Certification, NM Department of Public Safety Certified Instructor, US Department of Energy Certified Instructor, Retired US Army Reserve after 23 years of service, Vietnam Veteran.

Sylvester is associated with the following organizations: International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Black Officers' Association, Fraternal Order of Police, National Exchange Club, New Mexico Sheriff and Police Association.