During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Department, Raymond held many ranks and worked a variety of locations and functions, including patrol, jails, as a courtroom deputy, and an internal affairs investigator, eventually rising to the rank of Assistant Sheriff before retiring from law enforcement.
Locally, he served as commander of the Sheriff’s Indio Station as it transitioned over to its current location in Thermal. As part of that assignment, he served as Chief-of-Police for the cities of Coachella and La Quinta. Previously, he also served as commander of the jail in Indio, and before that as the Asst. Chief for the La Quinta Police Department.
Raymond has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, San Bernardino, in Administration with a Management concentration, taking most of his classes at the Palm Desert Campus. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Management from the University of Redlands.
He is married and his husband works for a local non-profit organization. He has two, grown children, and one grandchild.
Raymond comes to the race as someone with government and business knowledge, yet not with any special interest or cause he is seeking to push. Although he knows and has the support of many in local community organizations and government, they know that Raymond will always put the needs of his community first and foremost, will seek to be the voice for the people where needed, and find balanced compromise where possible. He is progressive on social issues and a staunch defender of individual rights and freedoms, yet believes government must be careful with how taxpayer dollars are spent and the city must help and encourage local business wherever it makes sense to do so.
Raymond needs your support for this election and the work beyond. If elected, he pledges to bring to the office: