Sheriff candidate White looking to courts to decide on the office issue

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By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos resident and county sheriff candidate Greg White is urging the New Mexico Supreme Court to address a legal standoff between the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office and the County Council that has gone on for 16 months.
Currently, council wants the First Judicial Court of Santa Fe to decide if Los Alamos County’s charter permits them abolish the office.
The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office believes the county needs to follow state statutes. Current county sheriff Marco Lucero and his attorney, A. Blair Dunn, believe state statutes protects the office from local officials seeking to abolish it.
So does White.
“Enacted five years after home rule, reflecting the more specific and more current will of the people in regards to all counties, current and future, home rule or incorporated, as no distinction is made, states twice in one paragraph that counties must follow statutes and the constitution,” White said in his petition to the court.
In one statute he cited for the court, he said it mentions twice that counties must follow state statutes and the constitution in matters concerning the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office.

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