Ricardo Martinez II became a Police Officer in February 1985 with the Clinton Police Department serving in a variety of assignments until leaving in August 2004. He then started with the Nevada Police Department as Police Sergeant and was appointed Chief of Police in October 2011. In October 2013, he was appointed the Public Safety Director and retained the Chief of Police duties.
As a believer in community-oriented policing, Martinez has been involved with issues dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, child welfare. This includes duties as a School Resource Officer, Domestic Assault Response Team, Sexual Assault Response Team, and a former foster parent.
Martinez joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school. He later graduated from Mt. St. Clare College with a degree in General Social Science.