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New Sherriff’s Office discussed at county commission meeting

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Daily Press Staff Writer

Sherriff Ernest Mendoza and Chief Deputy Kent Waller approached the county commission on Tuesday for discussion about a new Eddy County Sherriff’s Office building, citing concerns the department has outgrown its home in the basement of the Carlsbad courthouse.

The discussion focused primarily on structural shortcomings of the old facility including limited parking, an inadequate evidence receiving and processing room, the lack of additional interview rooms, a small training room and inadequate entrances.

In other words, it was contended that the 8,776 square foot facility has become inadequate for the department’s daily operations.

“We’ve made due with what we’ve got,” stated Mendoza before concluding. “I think we’ve outgrown the building.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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