ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The indicted sheriff of New Mexico’s Rio Arriba County has had his law enforcement license suspended.
Tommy Rodella apparently doesn’t need law enforcement certification to serve as sheriff, although he could not perform police duties such as make arrests himself.
Rodella and his son were indicted last week for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during a traffic stop in March.
The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/VHgzmm ) Thursday that a letter from New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy to Rodella says that his law enforcement officer is suspended, effective immediately.
Rodella has 15 days to request a hearing before the academy’s board.
The county commission has issued a strongly worded letter calling for Rodella to resign.
Rodella says he won’t step down and he and his son want a speedy trial.