SHERIFF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT DUE TO HEALTH REASONS

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT DUE TO HEALTH REASONS

Doña Ana County Sheriff Juan M. Hernandez has announced that he will step down from office and go on an immediate leave of absence while his retirement papers are processed.

On the strong advice of his doctor, Hernandez said he has no choice but to step down from the job he loves and the department he has built. As undersheriff, Frank Ruiz will oversee the department pending the finalization of Hernandez’ retirement from the county or until the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners names an acting Sheriff.

“Juan Hernandez is my friend, and my prayers are with him and his family as they navigate this time of uncertainty,” Ruiz said. “Juan’s contributions to this department cannot be overstated, and I know I speak for the men and women of the department who have him in their prayers.”

Hernandez said his doctors have ordered immediate MRIs to determine the extent and nature of his deteriorating health.

“We’re preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best,” Hernandez said. “I ask the media and the public to respect my privacy at this time, and to put their faith in Frank Ruiz. I am certain he will continue the legacy of professionalism and service for which the department is known. I have complete trust in his abilities, and I ask the public to support his efforts.”

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.