Working with Federal Partners
The United States Government owns or controls 86% of Apache County’s total land base. 68% of this land is held by the Federal Government in trust for the Navajo Nation, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Zuni Pueblo. The remaining 18% of federally controlled land is owned or operated by the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service, all of whom employ law enforcement officers to protect the land and enforce federal statutes and regulations.
Josh believes that regardless of how you feel politically about federal control and ownership of lands in Apache County, that we must work with and not against our federal law enforcement partners in order to ensure the best protection for all Apache County residents and visitors. Josh will use his extensive experience in patrolling federal lands and enforcing federal laws and regulations to improve the county’s relationships with our federal law enforcement partners in order to leverage those resources to protect the county’s citizens and visitors. That will include approving law enforcement commissions for all federal law enforcement officers who are assigned or work in the county.