State: New Mexico
Spouse: Gov. Susana Martinez
A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Chuck Franco recently concluded a career in law enforcement that spanned more than 30 years and included service as a game warden, police officer, magistrate judge and Doña Ana County undersheriff. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University.
Throughout his career, Mr. Franco has focused on helping people in communities throughout New Mexico. Mr. Franco is a committed advocate of mentoring and youth development and has long been involved with A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven’s “Weed and Seed” initiative. This program aims to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity, assisting at-risk youth in high-crime neighborhoods.
The first gentleman and his wife, Governor Susana Martinez, were married in 1991. His son, Carlo, recently served in the U.S. Navy Special Forces and is currently a firefighter in Las Cruces and a student at New Mexico State University.