Sheriff insists patrols will continue

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to sign a resolution declaring a state of emergency. The local emergency/disaster declaration, which stated extensive damage was caused to commercial, agriculture and residential buildings in Curry County by Friday’s tornado, is a prerequisite for the county to receive funding […]

Sheriff voices departmental desires to commission

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray outlined his department’s wish list at Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which included two patrol units, personal safety equipment and salary increases. Murray, who was elected sheriff in November and took office this month, said the department has 10 patrol units for 12 […]

House fire breaks out in Portales

Freedom Newspapers Units from the Portales Fire Department responded shortly after 9 p.m. Friday to a fire at a house east of Portales. The home just north of the intersection of N.M. 88 and Roosevelt Road N. was fully engulfed in flames when Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they reported. Deputies on the scene told […]

24-hour deputy availability should resume

By Wesley Myers: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal invited Curry County sheriff candidates to write guest columns focused on why they deserve voters’ support. All three candidates are Republicans, and no Democrats are on the ballot. Election Day is Tuesday. I am married to the former Sonja Madera and have three children; […]

Gap in sheriff coverage upsets resident

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Sarah Benard was surprised when Curry County sheriff’s deputies couldn’t respond to her call earlier this month. She tried to report someone stealing expensive construction equipment from her front porch earlier this month around 3 a.m., only to learn the Sheriff’s Office is off duty between 2 a.m. and […]

Roosevelt County having deputy shortage

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said because of a depleted staff there have been nights recently in which there have not been any deputies on patrol. Gossett blames low salaries for the deputy shortage and the inability to hire replacements. He said he has five deputies currently on staff now […]

County approves pay increase for sheriff’s deputies


Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher talks to his deputies about the pay raise they will receive during a meeting Tuesday at the sheriff’s office. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Ryan Lengerich Following a flurry of passionate pleas by county law enforcement and fierce debate by Curry County leaders, sheriff deputies were awarded a pay increase […]

Personnel shortage always a problem

Project: Reader Reaction Curry County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a pay increase for sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff Roger Hatcher asked commissioners to consider the issue, citing concerns the deputies would leave the county to fill city positions. City police received a raise earlier this month. Prior to Tuesday’s approval, a Project: Reader Reaction question asked if […]

Wages worry sheriff


Curry County sheriff’s deputy Dean Marney fills out a warning for speeding Monday afternoon north of Clovis. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said Monday he plans to request a pay raise for his deputies in response to a recent increase awarded city police. Hatcher said […]

Inmate labor program proposed


Inmates at the Roosevelt County Detention Center can work off jail time by cleaning and pulling weeds on state and county roads. Freedom Newspapers file photo By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County commissioner is pitching an idea to clean up county roads and deter criminal behavior. Commissioner Tim Ashley told the board […]