Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

Rob Nikolewski
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Sep 01, 2014 5:00 AM
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Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

SANTA FE, N.M. – Voters may not know it, but just because somebody gets elected as a New Mexico sheriff that doesn’t mean he or she is a certified law enforcement officer.

In fact, they’re not required to pass a law enforcement training course or even demonstrate they know how to safely handle a gun.

“It’s kind of scary when you have persons … with no real qualifications who get voted into office,” said Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.