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.
Sheriff Rick Sinclair
Rick Sinclair was Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He started his law
enforcement career with The Las Vegas Metro PD in 1975 and worked as a Cadet for legendary, Clark County Sheriff, Ralph Lamb. He also worked in Patrol and Vice/Narcotics until 1988. After pursuing private business interests, he migrated to Northern NM in 2000. He worked for the UU Bar Ranch as a cowboy and a guide. In 2004 he was selected as the chief of police in Springer, in 2010 became a member of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office, and was elected Sheriff in 2014.
Rick is married to Connie Sinclair, has 4 Children and 3 grandchildren. Rick is an avid team roper and loves to hunt and fish. He considers himself very fortunate that he is supported by a dedicated and devoted staff.
Undersheriff Leonard Baca Jr.
Leonard Baca Jr. started his Law Enforcement career in 1997 with the City of Raton Police Department. During that time he served on the Emergency Response Team, Crime Scene Investigation Team, and was a Field Training Officer. Leonard received his Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2008 from Western International University. Leonard has two children a son and a daughter. Leonard is a lifelong resident of Colfax County.