Bernalillo County

The most populous county in New Mexico with more than 676,000 residents, Bernalillo County provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in the county seat of Albuquerque, the surrounding villages of Los Ranchos and Tijeras, and the 111,000 residents who live in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Among the services the county offers include: housing, senior and social services, open space, public art, animal care, behavioral health, economic development and more. The county has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million and employs approximately 2,500 people, including 10 elected officials: assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, treasurer and five county commissioners.

Named after the town of Bernalillo, which was its original county seat and a former Spanish military outpost, Bernalillo County encompasses 1,167 square miles bisected by the Rio Grande. It was one of nine original counties when the New Mexico Territory was created in 1850, and at one point its length extended all the way from Texas to the San Bernardino Valley in California. Albuquerque became the permanent county seat on May 15, 1883.


Upcoming Events

16 Hour Verbal De-Escalation @ Bernalillo County, Albuquerque, NM (Public Safety Psychology Group)
Mar 1 @ 8:00 am – Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm


This 16-hour training teaches students verbal de-escalation skills that apply psychology to aid a highly agitated person in bringing their emotions under control. This training is intended for Detention Staff and Sheriff’s Deputies. 16 Hr De-Escalation Albuq (PDF)

Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Insurance Pool Members.  Non-members may inquire about attending (based on availability) for a fee.

Instructor Development (Train the Trainer) @ Chaves County, Roswell, NM
Mar 27 @ 8:00 am – Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm


This weeklong class will give you the foundation to become a professional and dynamic instructor.  You will learn the principles of learning and teaching, and the qualities of a good instructor.  In addition, we will go over the importance of visual aids and brush up on your PowerPoint skills.  You will also learn how to develop your own curriculum and how to get accredited.  This is a great class with a high energy instructor.  The week will fly by, and you will be eligible to obtain your state certification.

Important: The class will be limited in space.  Please register as soon as possible due to limited space.

Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Insurance Pool members.  Non-members may inquire about attending (pending availability) for a fee.

Employment Opportunities

Bernalillo County is committed to providing and retaining a skilled and diverse workforce in order to deliver quality service to our residents. Working for Bernalillo County offers opportunities in a variety of different fields with a good work/life balance, on-the-job training, and an excellent benefits package, which also includes retirement.

Become part of a team that works toward making Bernalillo County a better place to live.