Every sheriff in New Mexico gets to pick his own undersheriff. It’s a political appointment, so the undersheriff doesn’t have much job protection.
If the under-sheriff looks at the boss in the wrong way, then the sheriff can get rid of him.
In March, when Mora County Undersheriff Tim Marquez decided to run for sheriff against his boss, Roy Cordova, the sheriff quickly fired him.
At the time, I thought that seemed acceptable — that’s just the way it works.
Now, I’m wondering whether it should work that way.
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