Undersheriff remains on leave pending investigation

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department’s second in command remains on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, according to a statement released by county officials Monday afternoon.

Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil is cooperating with an internal investigation that resulted in a move to place Undersheriff Ken Roberts on leave, according to the statement from DASO officials.

As KTSM previously reported, Roberts has been accused of creating a hostile work environment and misusing taxpayer dollars.

However, county administrators appear to be violating the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act by refusing to turn over documents requested by KTSM asking for the latest complaints filed against DASO employees including Roberts.

Additionally, county officials have not responded to requests for interviews asking why Roberts was allowed to present to county commissioners on Nov. 21 when paperwork to put him on leave was signed on Nov. 16.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said, “Per Doña Ana County policy, the sheriff – or any other county employee – is prohibited from commenting on personnel matters, but confirms the action was taken.”

“Our department has maintained the public’s safety, trust, and well-being in Doña Ana County for more than a century,” said Vigil. “It is a testament to strong leadership that there have been no interruptions of that duty as a result of this action. I believe in the investigative process, and trust that this matter will be brought to a swift resolution as quickly as possible.”


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