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Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.
Council to decide on sheriff office

Los Alamos County Council is set to vote on a resolution Thursday that, if passed, will restore all duties to the sheriff’s office removed by council last year when it sought to abolish the office. The resolution also seeks to add some extra duties.

The resolution is sponsored by Councilor Pete Sheehey, who wants to restore to the sheriff’s office civil process duties, including lien and eviction processing.

The office now only maintains the sex offender registry. New duties will include assisting the Los Alamos County Police Department with prisoner transport and courthouse security.

Sheehey predicts that if council votes in his resolution, the new budget for the office will be about $200,000 a year, and will include a full time undersheriff with certified law enforcement training. Since January, the sheriff’s office has only been staffed by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, who has been carrying out his limited duties on an annual $15,000 budget.

“What I’m proposing is that we put process serving back and we add some limited duties which basically are prisoner transport and providing security at the court building and courtroom,” Sheehey said. Lucero would also get an administrative assistant.