Sheriff skips license hearing

Rodella skips licensing hearing

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY (KRQE) – The Rio Arriba County Sheriff accused of roughing up a motorist did not appear before state officials to challenge the suspension of his law enforcement license.

Tommy Rodella did not attend Wednesday’s New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board Hearing. Officials say the move means his suspension stands.

Rodella doesn’t need the certification to serve as sheriff but he cannot perform police duties like making arrests.

Rodella was indicted on federal charges last month for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during an encounter back in March.
He has pleaded not guilty.

The Rio Arriba County Commission has called for Rodella to resign, but he has vowed to stay on the job. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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