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Lincoln County Sheriff

Enforces the provisions of all county ordinances; aids in the arrest and detention of escaped prisoners; and serves and executes all process, writs, and orders direct to him/her by magistrate judges and certain others directed by municipal judges. Must be at least 18 years of ages and a resident of the county. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession.

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    Rex E Beard

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    Michael Thomas Wood

Biographical Information

1. Describe your qualifications and experiences that have prepared you for the office of County Sheriff.

2. What changes, if any, would you make to the administration of the Sheriff’s office?

3. What do you see as the two most critical problems facing the Sheriff’s office?

4. What would you do about them?

5. What training, if any, should be provided to officers for dealing with mental health issues?

Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 1594
Capitan, NM 88316
Campaign Phone (406) 852-4891
Campaign Email
Occupation Deputy Sheriff
I've been a certified deputy for over 25 years. I've served Lincoln County for 14 years. Over 10 of those years as a patrol Sergeant and leader in the department.
I would have an open door policy for the public to meet with me, and be available by telephone if I am not in the office. I will visit each community at least once a month, and will work with the deputies on patrol at least twice a week both during the day and in the evening. I will be the point of contact for the public to ask questions or if the have concerns.
The drug problem is Lincoln county's top problem. Corona is a modern boom town due to the wind farms. The schools need resource officers
The narcotics problem I would coordinate with the narcotics units around Lincoln county in an attempt to restart our own, and also coordinate with the federal government to assist with the narcotics problem also. I want to work with the county, city of Corona, and the Corona schools to try to get low rent or no rent housing for a deputy or deputies to live in the Corona area so that it shortens response times. I would also try to see if the county can assist Corona to start their own department by helping with equipment and training. I will ask both schools to help the county through grants to help hire and train school resource officers.
I will have training every week so that deputies will be in training every other week. I would also like to train with all the law enforcement departments in Lincoln County, and also all first responders so that if a situation occurs that all responders are working together in a more effective way. With the department training every Wednesday if law enforcement is presented with a new case law or evolving situation training on that can be done seamlessly.
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