Un­der­sh­er­iff on leave pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

LAS CRUCES — Doña Ana County Un­der­sh­er­iff Ken Roberts has been placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave pend­ing a per­son­nel in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Las Cruces SunNews re­ports that Roberts, who be­came the sec­ond-in­com­mand at the Doña Ana County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in Au­gust 2016, was placed on leave last month.

County of­fi­cials have de­clined to dis­close fur­ther de­tails on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Roberts, other than say­ing he’s on leave “pend­ing the out­come of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

The sher­iff’s of­fice has re­leased copies of ci­ti­zen com­plaints against Roberts, which ac­cuse him of rude­ness, dis­hon­esty, curs­ing, us­ing vul­gar lan­guage, im­proper be­hav­ior, in­tim­i­da­tion and fail­ing to act.

The sher­iff’s of­fice, how­ever, has re­fused to re­lease copies of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal com­plaints, claim­ing that such records are con­fi­den­tial and pro­tected by em­ploy­erem­ployee re­la­tion­ships.

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