Lea County sheriff opts not to seek re-election

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Lea County Sheriff Mark Hargrove has announced that he is stepping down.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Hargrove said last week he will be not seeking re-election later this year.

Hargrove has been sheriff for three years and has been involved in law enforcement since he was 19.

He says he does not have a particular person in mind to fill his shoes. However, he said the new sheriff will have his support.

Hargrove leaves as Lea County is seeing unprecedented economic growth and the sheriff’s office works to fill deputy positions amid a statewide law enforcement shortage.

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