April 14, 2017

Roosevelt County Manager Serving on Statewide Juvenile Justice Iniatitive Task Force


Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton has been selected to service on the Statewide Juvenile Justice Initiative Task Force. The Task Force convened its first meeting April 13, 2017 in Albuquerque, and anticipates meeting two additional times in 2017.

“I am extremely honored to serve on this Task Force to help represent Eastern New Mexico as well as counties,” Hamilton stated. “The first meeting helped to establish the format, expectations, and mission of the Task Force. It was an extremely productive meeting and I’m excited to serve and ensure the needs of the state’s rural areas are considered.”

Hamilton added she will be reaching out to other County Managers, elected officials and various individuals throughout Eastern New Mexico to explain the purpose of this task force and seek their input for this process.

“It is amazing to have our great State selected for this technical assistance grant; there were many leaders throughout all three branches of government that worked diligently to secure this grant including Justice Vigil and Secretary Jacobson,” Hamilton stated. “This research will be based upon extensive data analysis, and with the assistance of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, this Task Force will be able to oversee this initiate, provide strategic direction, and recommend policy and legislative initiatives for New Mexico to continue to enhance juvenile justice.”



April 13, 2017

NM Launches Statewide Juvenile Justice Improvement Initiative

Initiative Geared to Help Strengthen Public Safety and Improve Outcomes for New Mexico’s Youth

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Vigil joined Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson, and leaders from all three branches of government to announce the launch of the Juvenile Justice Improvement Initiative Taskforce which will perform a comprehensive review of New Mexico’s juvenile justice system in an effort to strengthen public safety and improve outcomes for youth in the state.

“Through this task force we hope to assess how state and local resources are being used to create better outcomes for the youth who are in our juvenile system,” Gov. Martinez said. “Ensuring Public safety is also very important and is something that will also be assessed through this task force.”

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April 11, 2017


The Roosevelt County Road Department will be working on South Roosevelt Road 12 between South Roosevelt Road P and New Mexico 206, beginning Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The road work is projected to be completed by May 3, 2017.  Motorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes and will be asked to slow down through the construction zone.  You can contact County Administration at 356-5307 if you need additional information.


March 24, 2017


Portales, NM – The Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners is pleased to give the public notice that the Honorable United States District Judge James O. Browning on March 13, 2017 dismissed former Roosevelt County employee Keith Parrish’s federal claims in his lawsuit against Roosevelt County. Mr. Parrish asserted federal claims pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act which were dismissed with prejudice, thereby determining that the claims were without merit.


Commission Chairman Paul Grider stated “The Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners has publicly voted to aggressively defend against claims brought against Roosevelt County which lack merit such as the federal claim filed by Keith Parrish. The goal of the Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners is to deter frivolous lawsuits and to save taxpayer dollars. We’re very pleased that Honorable Judge James O. Browning has dismissed this meritless federal claim with prejudice.”



January 27, 2017


Roosevelt County Detention Center Awarded Certificate of Accreditation by Adult Detention Professional Standards Council

Santa Fe, New Mexico – The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council (ADPSC) awarded a three (3) year Certificate of Accreditation to Roosevelt County Adult Detention Center on January 1, 2017. The award was presented during the New Mexico Association of Counties’ (NMAC) 2017 Legislative Conference on January 19, 2017 in Santa Fe, NM. The Certificate of Accreditation is awarded to those county detention facilities which meet or exceed best practice standards in detention, as developed and approved by the ADPSC. The standards were developed for New Mexico jail facilities based on suggested best practices from detention facilities across the nation. NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman said, “The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council has developed uncompromising, yet attainable, professional standards for detention facilities in New Mexico.”

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Contact: Amber Hamilton

Phone: 575.356.5307


Roosevelt County Responds to Frivolous Action

Portales, NM – Roosevelt County Administration notifies the public that the Petition to Remove Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker in its opinion is a frivolous action which has been filed by attorney Eric Dixon without legal basis or justification. Allegations which form the basis of the Petition were thoroughly investigated by an impartial and independent law enforcement agency which cleared Sheriff Malin Parker of any wrongdoing. Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce concluded after reviewing all of the information surrounding these allegations that there was no basis to pursue any cause of action against Sheriff Parker. In addition, the New Mexico statutes relied upon by Mr. Dixon in filing his frivolous Petition contemplate that the action is initiated by presentment to the grand jury which did not occur in this case.

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