Members of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Honor Guard participated in funeral services Friday for the late Alfredo H. Garcia, a former sheriff in Doña Ana County. Garcia died Sept. 30 at the age of 89.
In 1959, Garcia was reportedly the youngest candidate elected to the sheriff’s office in Doña Ana County, serving until 1962. Prior to his election, Garcia worked as a dispatcher for the sheriff’s department after serving in the United States Army. After his term in office, he went to work for the Las Cruces Police Department as a detective and was later promoted to sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. Garcia retired from LCPD in 1984 and returned to DASO part-time. In total, Garcia’s career in law enforcement spanned nearly four decades.