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U.S. Marshals Service

District of New Mexico

United States Marshal - Conrad E. Candelaria


U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria
U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria


Conrad E. Candelaria is a life-long resident of New Mexico, graduating from Rio Grande High school, in 1984. Marshal Candelaria entered into the field of Criminal Justice at the age of eighteen (18) as a Public Safety Aide for the Albuquerque Police Department. Seeing that Law Enforcement was the career he desired, he strived to enter the police academy to become one of “Albuquerque’s Finest.” Achieving his goal, he continued to mold himself into a professional, becoming well rounded and well known throughout the metropolitan area.

He promoted through the ranks of the Police Department, achieving the rank of Commander and served as the Area Commander for the Shawn Mc Wethy Memorial Substation. In March of 2010 Marshal Candelaria retired from Albuquerque Police Department after 25 years of duty well served; always keeping in mind the reason he became a police officer, to protect and serve his community.

His accolades include:

  • Lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of Police
  • Executive Member for the HIDTA Program for the State of New Mexico
  • Board of Directors for Youth Development Incorporated
  • Active member and teacher at the Sandia Judo Club
  • Director of training and development Albuquerque Police Department
  • Adjunct professor for the Sociology department/Criminal Justice program for the University of New Mexico
  • Graduate of the FBI, National Academy, Class #226

Marshal Candelaria continued his studies at the University of New Mexico achieving an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in University Studies with a minor in both Sociology and Communication & Journalism, and Master of Public Administration, with a GPA of 4.0, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Conrad E. Candelaria was nominated by President Obama and it was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, on August 10, 2010.

On August 25, 2010, Conrad E. Candelaria was officially sworn in as the United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico.


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