Still, Lucero said county councilors have done voters a disservice.“Their word said we’ll let the people decide whether or not they want a sheriff’s office. But their actions are dismantling the office before the people even have an opportunity to vote,” he said. “They’re in essence deciding for the people before the people have a chance to vote that this office is obsolete. It’s really troubling. It’s sad.”Lucero, who retired from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office as a lieutenant commander, isn’t giving up without a fight.On behalf of the state’s 33 county sheriffs, Lucero and the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association have filed a lawsuit against the county and county councilors asking the court to declare the proposed charter amendment unconstitutional.“They are destroying the Republic as we know it,” Jack Jones, the association’s executive director, told the Los Alamos Daily Post.
“A sheriff is elected by the people in each of the 33 counties in New Mexico and is the ultimate protector of the people. Every sheriff takes an oath of office to serve the people, and if we take away the opportunity for people to vote to select the highest officer in the county, then we’re doing them a disservice.”