Petition to Expand Sheriff’s Duties Falls Short

Sheriff Marco Lucero addressing Council earlier this year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night approved the certification that the required 1,327 signatures were not obtained by the due date of Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 to change the County Charter to expand the duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff.
The Sheriff’s Office currently is responsible for the service of legal process from various courts and court support services and maintains the County’s Sex Offender Registry.
Fifteen percent of the registered voters voting in the last general election, which is 1,327, were needed to put a charter amendment on the ballot asking voters if they wanted to expand those responsibilities to include law enforcement activities such as making arrests. 
The number of signatures initially turned in to the County Clerk’s Office was 377. Sheriff Marco Lucero was issued supplemental petitions on Friday, Nov. 16.
The supplemental petitions were due in the Clerk’s Office Monday, Nov. 26, but none were submitted so the petition was certified insufficient in meeting the required 1,327 signatures, and therefor considered a final determination of insufficiency by the Council at Tuesday’s meeting in Council Chambers.
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