Commissioner Pct. 1
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
500 E. San Antonio
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2014
Fax (915) 543-3885
Commissioner Carlos Leon is a proud lifetime resident of El Paso County and has dedicated his life to his family and to serving the citizens of our community.
Born in 1951 in the former Hotel Dieu, Carlos Leon is one of five sons and one daughter raised by Salvador and Abelina Leon. The Leon family made their home in El Paso’s Lower Valley, where Carlos attended Cadwallader Elementary School and went on to become an Indian at Ysleta High School. In 2003, Carlos was named Honored Ex, an award bestowed upon Ysleta alumni who have made significant contributions to the El Paso Community.
In 1974, Carlos became a proud member of the El Paso Police Department, embarking on what would become a 30-year career. As a captain with the EPPD, He played an integral role in bringing the concept of community policing to El Paso. This concept of community policing, which involves bringing police services to citizens in their neighborhoods, is still in practice today and has been instrumental in helping El Paso achieve national recognition as the safest city in the country, a distinction that was first achieved during Carlos’ tenure as chief of police.
Carlos worked his way through every rank of the El Paso Police Department throughout his career. In 1999, Mayor Carlos Ramirez chose and the El Paso City Council approved Carlos Leon to become chief of police of the El Paso Police Department. After serving nearly five years as chief, he retired from the EPPD in 2003. He was also awarded the Conquistador Award by the city council upon his retirement, the highest honor given by the City of El Paso.
Recently, he worked as a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In this role, Carlos brings his three decades’ experience in law enforcement to aid local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in their mission to help children who are victims of abductions and other crimes as well as cold cases.
Carlos is happily married to his wife Bonnie and they will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary this summer. Together, he and Bonnie have three children: daughter Yvette, son Rene and daughter Lori. They are also proud grandparents to Yvette’s beautiful baby girl Isabella. The Leon family also has two Pomeranians, Kayla and Baby Girl, who are very much a part of the family and often have control of the house.
In August 2009, Carlos was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Mesilla, New Mexico, that nearly ended his life. After being airlifted to El Paso University Medical Center, he spent 10 days in the ICU followed by two weeks at a rehabilitation hospital in addition to several months of VNA care at his home. Though the accident was difficult for him and his family to endure, they are happy to still have each other. Carlos views his remarkable recovery as a second chance at life -- a second chance to enjoy time with his family and friends, and another opportunity to serve the community he has called home all of his life.