PORTALES N.M. (KRQE) – Every Friday for at least the next three months, the doors to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office in Portales will be closed.
“The county is in a little bit of a deficit, so we decided, we looked at our budget, the line item on the utilities was one that was already in jeopardy of going over before the end of the fiscal year. So we decided to close on Fridays,” said Lt. Javier Sanchez of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office.
Sanchez also said that in past years they were able to just move money around but because of the county’s money problems they couldn’t do that this year.
“Because the county has such a deficit we have given in excess of $85,000 back to the county.”
Although the building will be empty on Fridays deputies will still be out on patrol.
“So if you pick up the phone and call our dispatch or call 911 somebody is still going to respond to a call,” said Sanchez
Employees who work in the building will not have their hours cut. They will be working longer shifts Monday through Thursday.
People in Roosevelt County planning on picking up reports or doing any other kind of business at the sheriff’s office, need to get it done before end of the day Thursday. However Sanchez told KRQE News 13 that this schedule change is not permanent.
“This is just for the current fiscal year so July 1, we should be opening up to the business hours we had previously. “