- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Dona Ana County commissioners will not pursue a censure of County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil, based on findings of a personnel investigator.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1NPmoBQ ) that County Commission Chairman Billy Garrett said on Tuesday that the investigation cleared the sheriff of allegations made against him by an employee who has since resigned.

A censure is a public reprimand by county commissioners.

Vigil filed a federal lawsuit last month alleging that the commissioners had started the personnel investigation in retaliation and in an attempt to interfering with his First Amendment rights.

Vigil’s attorney says Garrett’s statement on Tuesday does not change the sheriff’s pursuit of the lawsuit.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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