COUNTY MANAGER LAUNCHES INTERNAL PROBE INTO BARELA’S ARREST

COUNTY MANAGER LAUNCHES INTERNAL PROBE INTO BARELA’S ARREST

Doña Ana County County Manager Brian D. Haines has issued the following statement regarding the weekend arrest of Doña Ana County Detention Center Administrator Chris Barela: “I have authorized an internal investigation to determine the facts surrounding this matter from the time of Mr. Barela’s arrest to the time of his release on bail from the Doña Ana County Detention Center. I have placed Mr. Barela on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, the results of which will assist me in proceeding properly in the interests of Doña Ana County. Major Cheryl Roach will assume administrative control of the Doña Ana County Detention Center immediately. In the meantime, Mr. Barela is innocent until proven otherwise, and this is a personnel matter about which the county will have no further comment at this time.”