EMPLOYEES DONATE STUFFED ANIMALS, COUNTY MANAGER KISSES PIG

EMPLOYEES DONATE STUFFED ANIMALS, COUNTY MANAGER KISSES PIG

Doña Ana County Manager Brian D. Haines puckered up and kissed a big pig Friday after employees of Doña Ana County and the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office donated more than 190 stuffed animals in his name to the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Victims' Assistance Unit.

The stuffed animals – primarily bears – will be handed out to children involved in traffic accidents, as well as to families whose children have been injured or abused in the commission of a crime.

For each stuffed animal donated, employees were able to cast a vote for the person they’d most like to see kiss the pig. Haines was the top vote getter after District Attorney Susana Martinez donated 15 stuffed animals at the very last minute from her balcony overlooking the Doña Ana County Government Center’s east parking lot.

Martinez’s donation saved Doña Ana County Human Resources Administrator Vicki Lusk from having to crawl into the makeshift enclosure with the smelly beast. Others in the running for the swine smooch included Martinez, Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison, Undersheriff Chuck Franco, Public Information Director Jess Williams and Facilities Director Armando Cordero.

In all, more than 400 stuffed animals were donated and collected to support the Victims’ Assistance Unit in its mission.

Haines maintained a sense of humor about the situation, and declared it was worth doing for a worthy cause. “Besides,” he said, “I’d rather kiss a pig than a lot of people I know.” He did not elaborate.