Enrique “Kiki” Vigil
Sheriff Enrique ‘Kiki’ Vigil is a lifelong resident of Doña Ana County, raised in Anthony, NM. He is a graduate of Gadsden High School, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in government at New Mexico State University.
Sheriff Vigil brings to office a distinguished career in law enforcement, which includes more than 25 years with the United States Justice Department, one year with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and 24 years with the U.S. Marshals Service, where he was a senior supervisor and administrator, serving as Task Force Commander with the Lone Star Fugitive Recovery Task Force, Violent Offender and Sex Offender Fugitive Recovery. As Task Force Commander, Sheriff Vigil oversaw hundreds of violent fugitive apprehensions throughout the country and abroad, including the recovery of violent offenders who had sought refuge in Mexico. He was responsible for the administration of budgets, capital outlays, grants and special programs and projects to apprehend violent fugitives and promote public safety. He developed strong relationships with several law-enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico. He is credited for allocating resources to enhance training and funding for special programs.
Sheriff Vigil’s goals and objectives for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department include:
- Promoting community involvement. Law enforcement cannot fight crime without the support of the community.
- Implementing more community-oriented policing programs.
- Enhancing School Resource Officers throughout the unincorporated areas of Doña Ana County.
- Developing effective gang task forces.
- Utilizing forfeiture and seizure of assets against cartel and known drug and human traffickers.
- Team policing to promote officer safety and to provide adequate coverage of deputies in the rural parts of the county.
- Gaining national accreditation for best practices and standards in law enforcement.
HEARSE THAT CARRIED FAMOUS DONA ANA COUNTY LAWMAN NOW ON DISPLAY AT SHERIFF’S MUSEUM
After negotiations that spanned two decades, the famous horse-drawn hearse that carried Sheriff Pat Garrett to his final resting place in 1908 is back in Doña Ana County. The antique hearse, owned by the Woman’s Improvement Association until 1912, was recently purchased privately by Las Cruces resident Cal Traylor and then donated to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department for permanent installation in the Historical Museum of Lawmen, located inside the lobby of the department’s main headquarters at 845 N. Motel Boulevard in Las Cruces.