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July 25, 2017

Sheriff recall petition stopped in district court

PORTALES — A petition seeking the recall of Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker was stopped by a district court judge Tuesday.

The petition, submitted by Portales attorney Eric Dixon on behalf of criminal defendants Cody Banister and Armando Pena, as well as the mother of a woman killed in a car chase involving police, was denied in a hearing in the Roosevelt County Courthouse.

The hearing gave Dixon a chance to prove that Parker intentionally made false statements regarding the reliability of an informant who led to the arrests of Pena and Banister.

Roosevelt County Attorney Randy Knudson, representing Parker, filed a motion to dismiss the petition, which was granted by Judge Fred Van Soelen.

“The petition process, case law states, is not to be used as a means of harassment for purely political or personal reasons,” Van Soelen said.

“I’m not making a pronouncement, but this comes close to being, as far as I can tell, either a harassment measure or a personal vendetta.”

Van Soelen noted that the petitioners all have pending criminal charges as a result of Parker or are related to people who do.

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May 22, 2017

The Roosevelt County Road Department will be chip sealing South Roosevelt Road 6 between Kilgore and New Mexico 88 beginning on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 weather permitting. Chip sealing work will continue to South Roosevelt Road 4 between Kilgore and South Roosevelt Road P; and South Roosevelt Road 3 between NM 467 and South Roosevelt Road S. This work is anticipated to be completed by June 8, 2017.  Motorists will be 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.

 

May 17, 2017

The Roosevelt County Road Department will be chip sealing South Roosevelt Road 8 between South Roosevelt Road G and New Mexico 88, on Thursday, May 18, 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.

 

May 11, 2017

The Roosevelt County Road Department will be chip sealing South Roosevelt Road 12 between South Roosevelt Road P and New Mexico 206, beginning Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The road work is projected to be completed by Wednesday, May 17, 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.

 

May 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amber Hamilton
Phone: 575.356.5307
Email: ahamilton@rooseveltcounty.com

Roosevelt County Commissioner Elected to New Mexico County Association of Counties Board of Directors
Portales, NM – Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez will represent Roosevelt County on the New Mexico Association of Counties Board of Directors.
County Clerk DeAun Searl said Lopez will serve a two-year term beginning June 23, 2017 representing the County during association board meetings.
“It is my pleasure to serve on the New Mexico Association of Counties Board of Directors and represent our elected officials and County personnel,” Lopez stated. “I was able to serve on the board during my time as a commissioner from 2000-2008 and Roosevelt County residents can be confident that I will represent them to the best of my ability.”
The association board consists of representatives from all 33 counties as well as some other county bodies. Board members have final authority over association policies, budgets, the hiring and supervision of the executive director and legislative priorities
The association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization formed in 1968 to promote the interest of county governments.

 

May 10, 2017

Roosevelt County Manager Appointed to New Mexico Association of Counties Adult Detention Standards Program Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton has been appointed to the New Mexico Adult Detention Professional Standards Program Council. The New Mexico Adult Detention Professional Standards program is a joint initiative of the New Mexico Association of Counties and the New Mexico Municipal League. The council oversees and monitors New Mexico County Detention Standards, which consists of 208 standards in the following areas of operations: Security, Medical, Detainee Programs, Physical Plant, Safety and Sanitation, and Administration. The council’s functions are to ensure New Mexico County Detention Centers are meeting Detention Standards; and provide an accreditation program consisting of an auditing process for detention facilities to include assistance and resources on meeting the 208 operating standards. Facilities must pass the initial accreditation audit followed by a renewal accreditation audit every three years.

“Through my involvement at the Roosevelt County Detention Center, I’ve developed a passion and deep appreciation for detention. The team worked diligently to earn this accreditation for Roosevelt County and I was fortunate to be involved in the process. I’ve learned so much and felt it would be a great time to get involved at the state level,” stated Hamilton.

Roosevelt County received their initial three year accreditation during the New Mexico Association of Counties Legislative Conference in January.

“Because of the dedication of the Detention team and our County Manager’s leadership, they earned this accreditation. This appointment reflects Amber’s ability and hard work and we are very blessed to have her,” stated Commission Chairman Paul Grider.

Please contact Roosevelt County Administration offices at 575.356.5307 for more information.

 

April 18, 2017

The Roosevelt County Road Department will be closing Spruce Street from US Highway 70 to North Boston as Burlington Northern Santa Fe will be doing maintenance. The crossing will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday April 18, 2017. Motorists will need to seek alternative routes.  You can contact County Administration at 356-5307 if you need additional information.

 

April 14, 2017

Roosevelt County Manager Serving on Statewide Juvenile Justice Iniatitive Task Force

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

ROAD CLOSURE PUBLIC NOTICE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amber Hamilton

Phone: 575.356.5307

Email: ahamilton@rooseveltcounty.com

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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