Bill would allow highest ranking deputy to take over in sheriff’s absence

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A bill that would allow the highest ranking deputy to take over if something happens to the sheriff is on the table in Santa Fe.

This follows the sudden death of Lea County Sheriff Steve Ackerman. After his death, all of the deputies under him were decommissioned, unable to make arrests, write traffic tickets or execute search warrants.

They had to be sworn in under the Department of Public Safety temporarily.

The proposed bill would prevent that from happening again.

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