At the rank of lieutenant, Robert was assigned to narcotics before serving almost two years as the agency’s Public Information Officer. Upon returning to the field, he was assigned as an assistant commander in patrol and criminal investigations. Robert was promoted as captain, and commanded the criminal investigations section, where he also oversaw the complete reorganization of the criminal and narcotic sections, ultimately creating a single, unified investigations bureau within the New Mexico State Police.
Robert also served as division direction within the Department of Public Safety, overseeing the Records Division which is responsible for AFIS, the state’s criminal history repository, and the state’s CJIS and NMLETS programs.
Before being appointed Chief in 2011, Robert once again oversaw the Investigations Bureau, and was also responsible for the Law Enforcement Program’s budget, responsible for over $70 million in general funds annually. He retires as Chief in 2013, after serving in that position for over 2 and one-half years. Robert possesses extensive supervision, leadership, and management experience, including successfully completing the FBI’s National Executive Institute, Session 35.