Dona Ana County will swear in New Mexico’s 1st Black District Lawyer on Jan. 1

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Gerald Byers

New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – – Dona Ana County will swear by the first black district attorney in New Mexico on January 1.

Gerald Byers, 62, said he would work to bring justice to the community.

“People expect it and people deserve it,” he said. “My purpose for my office is to focus on mission, serving people, and pursuing justice. Everything else is secondary.”

Henry Valdez, director of the prosecutors administrative office, said he doesn’t know of any other African Americans in the state who have held the office.

“I’m happy. I am grateful for all of the people who have helped and supported me and gave me guidance and guidance and needed trust,” said Byers, who has served as the assistant attorney general for over three years chosen the top after walking freely.

Byers was born in Germany. He eventually moved to Texas, where he served as a non-commissioned officer at a naval base as a security officer. He decided to study law and graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1995.

Byers said he began his career in the Bernalillo District Prosecutor’s Office while he was in school through a program that allowed third-year law students to prosecute cases under the supervision of a prosecutor. His first job was in the Gallup prosecutor’s office. Since then he has worked across the state and several Texas counties.

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