Call for council to rein in sheriff

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I see by Carol Clark’s story in Sunday’s paper that our “Cowboy Sheriff” is at it again. It’s time the council reined him in.
All law enforcement duties in the county are assigned by the charter and by council resolution to the Los Alamos Police Department.  
The Los Alamos County Sheriff is limited to those duties assigned by statute to the sheriff that are not duplicated by the police department, which are civil duties such as serving process, evictions, debt collection and so forth.  
Our sheriff, a recently retired deputy sheriff from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, has decided that he will provide a parallel law enforcement function even though it is not legal or needed, whether we like it or not.  I do not like it, and you shouldn’t either.
One duty the sheriff has by statute that is not duplicated by the police department is the registration of sex offenders and notification of various state officers, and providing information on sex offenders to the public.  
The Los Alamos County Sheriff does not have authority to track down sex offenders who have not registered, or to verify that sex offenders are in compliance and warn them that they must stay in compliance on Halloween.  

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