Duties and Responsibilities
The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to the residents of Colfax County and security services to the Court System. The Sheriff's Office is mandated to serve documents (civil process) issued by District and Magistrate courts, as well as transport prisoners into and out of Colfax County.
The Sheriff's Office serves as Colfax County's principal law enforcement agency in accordance with New Mexico State Law. The primary responsibility of the agency is to provide law enforcement services to county residents. The Sheriff assigns patrols to proactively deter criminal activity, promote traffic safety and respond to calls for service and other emergencies.
The Sheriff has concurrent jurisdiction with local law enforcement agencies and cooperates closely with authorities and local agencies. The Sheriff's office is available to provide, or assist with investigative services and training to other enforcement agencies within Colfax County.
The Sheriff is an elected position and is authorized to appoint deputies to assist in law enforcement and to appoint an under sheriff and executive secretary to serve at will.
The Sheriff's Office is also responsible for the registration of sex offenders in Colfax County. For more information, visit the New Mexico Sex Offender Information page.
Vicki Bealmear began working in Colfax County Manager's office in 2003 as Assistant County Manager until June 2009. After moving to Pueblo in June 2009 where she worked with the Pueblo County Department of Social Services from October 2009 through March 2012, she returned to New Mexico and started with the Colfax County Sheriff’s department in April 2012. Vicki has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She also has certificates in Grant Research & Writing, Grant Writing and Resource Development, How to Excel as an Administrative Professional, Payroll Basics, Supervisory Awareness Training, Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Processionals.
Terry Sandoval is a life-long resident of Raton, Mexico and has been employed with the Colfax County Sheriff's Department for 23 years. He started as a Dispatcher from 1990 to 2007 and later became the Office Clerk. Terry is now the Record Specialist. He plans to retire after his years of service reaches 25 years.