Your Money: Sheriff Still Collecting Pay AFTER Leaving State?

Posted on March 9, 2013


New Mexico (Larry Barker-KRQE-TV) – Sierra County stretches from the White Sands Missile Range in the east to the Gila Wilderness in the west.

The 4,000 square miles of rugged southwestern New Mexico includes Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake. But today, one thing Sierra County doesn’t include is its duly-elected sheriff, according to an investigation by News 13’s Larry Barker.

“I asked him, ‘It would have been nice if you had notified either the (county) commission management or administration that you are going to be gone for this period of time – either e-mail, cell phone, pigeon, I don’t care,’ ” said Walter Armijo, chairman of the Sierra County Commission. “And he says, ‘I don’t have to tell anyone where I’m going.’ That’s the last I heard from him.”

News 13 recently paid a visit to the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office in T or C and asked to see Sheriff Joe Baca.

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