Robert Carneiro and his wife, Theresa, bought their home in Sun City West in 2007 after visiting the community on a trip here to visit their son. In 2009, they retired and moved here permanently from the New York City area.

The Carneiros have been married 49 years and have a son who lives here with his wife and their granddaughter. They also have a daughter and two grandsons who live on Long Island in New York.

Upon arriving in Sun City West, Carneiro immediately joined the Sun City West Sheriff’s Posse, where for the last nine years he has patrolled the community, headed up the Training Division and recently finished two years as commander. He has joined several of the clubs in the community and has served on a number of the club boards. He served for four years on the Parish Council Finance Committee of his church, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Iona College, he joined the police department in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. During his 21 years on the force, he worked as a patrol officer, community relations officer, investigating detective, patrol sergeant and administrative aide to the police commissioner. During this time, he furthered his education by receiving master’s degrees in criminal justice and human resources/labor relations.

Upon retirement from the police force, he then worked for a statewide police organization as the director of labor relations representing numerous police organizations in contract negotiations, arbitrations, grievances and disciplinary hearings. He then worked in healthcare in Manhattan first as a labor coordinator and director of security for a family owned 520-bed healthcare facility. When they closed, he went to work for the Archdiocese of New York in the human resources department of its healthcare division. He was assigned as the human resources manager of their 720-bed healthcare facility in Manhattan.

Carneiro said he is looking to put his background, experience and education to work for Sun City West homeowners. “Sun City West, in my opinion, is a fantastic community to retire to. The numerous activities that are available and the outstanding facilities outshine those of most such communities.

“This said, we must also be aware of our community. The majority of our homeowners are retirees and are enjoying their hard-earned retirement time in this wonderful community and many may be on restricted budgets,” Carneiro said. “With this in mind, the Board must look at what is necessary and what could be done to enhance the beauty of the community and weigh that against the cost of such decisions. If elected, this would be my No. 1 objective.”