FORMER U.S. MARSHAL FOR NEW MEXICO, ALFONSO SOLIS, NAMED

FORMER U.S. MARSHAL FOR NEW MEXICO, ALFONSO SOLIS, NAMED

A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Alfonso Solis, 51, has been named administrator of the Doña Ana County Detention Center.
County Manager Fernando R. Macias said he chose Solis from the field of applicants because of his extensive experience in law enforcement, his leadership style and his ability to trouble-shoot and solve problems.
“I am excited about this appointment, and I plan to hit the ground running,” Solis said. “I have a strong desire to address new challenges. My first priorities will be to acclimate to and work within the county system, reinforce working relationships with outside agencies and evaluate the policies and procedures at the detention center.”
During his career with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Solis said he served in several capacities: assistant director for prisoner services from 1997 to 1998; assistant director for investigative services from 1996 to 1997; and senior law enforcement manager from 1977 to 1996, holding such titles as chief deputy U.S. Marshal, witness security inspector, and deputy U.S. Marshal.
From 1987 to 1992, Solis served as President Ronald Reagan’s appointee as the U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico.
Prior to his career with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Solis was a deputy sheriff in El Paso County.
During his career, Solis maintained responsibility for multi-million dollar budgets and supervision of hundreds of employees and thousands of prisoners held by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
“Employees are an institution’s most valuable asset,” Solis said. “In an operation as large as the detention center, it will be important to implement and enforce a fair system of rewards and progressive discipline that allows us to mold new detention officers into professionals and give veteran officers the opportunity to adapt to a constantly changing environment.”
Solis said he will maintain an open-door policy for all personnel, “from the janitor on up” in an effort to keep his finger on the pulse of the institution. He also said he will regularly communicate with detainees by establishing a policy of “management by walking around.”
Macias said he is convinced Solis will be able to proficiently handle the challenges of running the county’s 800+ bed facility.
“Mr. Solis brings to this position a level of professionalism and experience that will complement the facility and help it as it seeks to achieve accreditation by the American Correctional Association,” Macias said. “In interviewing Mr. Solis and spending time with him touring the facility, I was greatly impressed by his knowledge of the system and its intricacies. The fact that he was instrumental in securing accreditation for the U.S. Marshal’s Service through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies is an added bonus.”
Solis is a New Mexico native who makes his home in Las Cruces. He holds present or past memberships in the following organizations: the Texas Narcotics Officers Association, the National Sheriff’s Organization, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Hispanic Police Officers Association. In addition, he is the vice president-elect of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 182.
Solis will take over administration of the Doña Ana County Detention Center effective July 17, 2000, at which time Interim Administrator Capt. Cheryl Roach will revert back to her regular duties within the facility.