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Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies

Susana Martinez Governor
Scott Weaver
Cabinet Secretary
Pete N. Kassetas
NMSP Chief of Police
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2017
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Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies to be sworn in as New Mexico Mounted Patrolman.

Lea County
On Sunday, January 29, at 1:30 p.m., The Lea County Sheriff’s Office will be meeting
with New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas and District Attorney Dianna Luce
to swear in members of the Lea County Sheriff’s Office as New Mexico Mounted Patrol
Officers. This comes after the sudden loss of Sheriff Ackerman.
As sworn commissioned personnel under Sheriff Ackerman, the Lea County Deputies
could enforce the laws and civil service under his authority. But now, there is
concern whether they still have that authority until a new sheriff is sworn into
office and can swear in the Lea County Commissioned Deputies under their command.
As New Mexico Mounted Patrol Officers the Lea County Sheriff’s Commissioned Deputies
will have full police powers and the Lea County Sheriff’s Office will be able to
resume functioning as a law enforcement entity.
“The State Police, are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the citizens of
Lea County have Law Enforcement services.” said Chief Pete Kassetas, “I’m willing
to swear in the commissioned Lea County Deputies as New Mexico Mounted Patrol Officers
under my authority until the Lea County Commission appoints a new Sheriff.”
Collectively, the New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassestas, the District Attorney
Dianna Luce and Undersheriff Tom Dunford attained a solution to resolve the issue
involving the commissioning of the Lea County Sheriff’s Office personnel.

Sergeant Chad Pierce
New Mexico State Police
Public Information Officer
505 / 827 3349
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