Deputy situation updated at county meeting

PNT Staff

Law enforcement updated county commissioners on the inmate counts and continued search of deputies during Tuesday’s meeting.
County Sheriff Sergeant Rick Short said the department is operating shorthanded and continues to search for deputies to fill the vacancies. Short said he has 10 applicants and is setting up a test date for them, none of which are New Mexico certified.
He said one is certified in Texas and if he is able to uptain the job will have to go to a three-week training class to be New Mexico certified as opposed to the other candidates who are not certified at all. Short said if one of the other candidates is hired as a deputy, the candidate must go to the police academy for six months.
Short said there are three openings for deputies.
Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator Jesse Luera said there are currently 76 inmates, 12 of them females.
County Administrator Charlene Hardin received an update from county lobbyist Mike Miller on the 2005 New Mexico legislative session. According to Hardin, Miller said there have been 2,054 bills introduced and 50 of them are pertaining to election reform.
Hardin said on Monday a bill was introduced regarding state-prisoner costs. The bill had a a study showing the cost of housing arrestees on felony charges.
The report proveds a count of individuals in six detention center facilities in New Mexico: Curry, Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Eddy, San Juan and San Miguel. The study shows there is a cost of $2.4 million to house inmates who are sentenced to prison and awaiting transport to a start facility.
Hardin said the purpose of the study is get more money to house state prisoners for all counties.