Ray Soto started his civil service career in 1990, when he was hired by the State of New Mexico, Department of Corrections (DOC). He worked with the DOC, in Santa Fe and Los Lunas for five years attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was hired as a patrol officer in 1995 by the City of Rio Rancho. During his tenor with the Rio Rancho Police Department, he served with the SWAT team, eventually running a K-9 for the department. He served as a physical fitness specialist and armorer as well. Ray also worked for the Albuquerque Police Department serving as a patrol officer, bike patrol officer and northeast impact detective. Ray retired in 2010, but went back to work on the tribal law enforcement side, working for the Jemez Pueblo Police Department, as a criminal investigator. Ray left Jemez in 2015; he currently works as a Conservation Sergeant for the Laguna Pueblo Police Department. Ray also serves in the Armed forces, he joined the Marine Corps in 1994 and is currently in the New Mexico Air National Guard. He has one deployment to the Middle East. Ray started his volunteer work in 2006, boxing in the Rumble in Rio. He then became the law enforcement liaison for Rumble in Rio. After working with the Rumble in Rio for three years, Ray began volunteering with the Ten-82 Organization.