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Granville: Let’s Clearly Define Sheriff’s Duties

on October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

By JOE GRANVILLE
Democratic Candidate for Sheriff

Hello friends and neighbors,

I am a first time candidate running for the office of Los Alamos County Sheriff. With just under two weeks of voting left I am continuing to engage people in the community, listening to the many things folks have to say about the Sheriff’s office.

The range of comments and opinions I’ve heard relating to the relationship between the Council and the Sheriff represents the informed and diverse makeup of our unique community.  

I have heard what you the people have to say. As your sheriff, I pledge to respect the diversity of your opinions.

Over the summer First Judicial District Judge Mathew issued his ruling in two lawsuits between the current Sheriff and the County Council concerning the duties of the Office of the Sheriff.

The outcome: No law enforcement duties for the sheriff. The sheriff retains his statutory and customary duties, and the county can’t eliminate the office of the sheriff by failing to fund or adequately staff the office sufficiently for the sheriff to perform his duties.

As your sheriff, I pledge to fully support Judge Mathew’s ruling.

There is two core duties performed by the sheriff’s office: maintaining SORNA-Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and serving civil process papers.

Currently the registry is maintained by the dedicated efforts of staff splitting time between the LAPD and the Sheriff’s office. As your sheriff, I pledge to bring stability to the sheriff’s office so that we can assure the important work of updating and maintaining SORNA gets done.

I believe that by employing great customer service in a fiscally responsible manner we can work toward having the serving of civil process papers become a self funded function of the Sheriff’s office. As your sheriff, I pledge the sheriff’s office responsibility to execute the serving of civil process papers will be done reliably and efficiently.

Clearly defining any additional duties of the Sheriff’s office is a priority. Within Judge Mathew’s ruling, and in cooperation with the LAPD, the County Council and our citizen stakeholders we need to firmly set the limitations of the sheriff’s office so that we don’t repeat the continuation of lawsuits and inconsistent expectations the current climate allows.

As your sheriff, I pledge to build a culture of respect, trust and collaboration between the Sheriff’s office, the Los Alamos Police Department, our County Council and our citizen stakeholders to build a Sheriff’s office that has clearly defined duties, is fiscally responsible and is responsive to community concerns.

If my values and this vision of the Sheriff’s office resonate with you, I humbly ask for your vote. Thank you


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