Sandoval County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year Bill Sanchez, left, receives applause for his award from Sheriff Jesse James Casaus and county commissioners on Thursday. Stephen Montoya / Sandoval County

BERNALILLO — The Sandoval County Commission recognized 10 sheriff’s deputies and three civilian employees for their service during the commission meeting Thursday night at the county administration building.

The annual award winners were:


Deputy of the Year 2021

Deputy Bill Sanchez


Commanders Commendation Award

Deputy Anthony Armijo

Deputy Michael Huckeby

Deputy Rudy Fields


Employee Performance Award

Gabriela Chacon

Janice Salazar

Terrie Montoya


Life Saving Award

Deputy Nathan Kerbel


Outstanding Public Service Award

Deputy A.J. Noriega

Deputy Michael Huckeby

Deputy Rudy Fields


Sheriff’s Unit Citation Award

Sgt. Al Nieves

Deputy Brian Espinoza

Deputy Brenda Gutierrez

Detective Robert Strand