Hidalgo County Sheriff

Warren D. Walter

720 E. 2nd Street
Lordsburg, NM 88045
575.542.3143  FAX


See Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Personnel of 2015 here. 


The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office will preserve and protect the quality of life, safety, and welfare of citizens within the served community. Our authority is derived from those we serve. We uphold public trust that we will professionally enact our duties without compromising because of race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, or any factor prohibited by legal precedent. 

We will establish and sustain protection of constitutional rights, ethical reasoning, and community order by wisely executing duties and utilizing resources.


The sheriff is the commander of the sheriff's office and ultimately makes the decisions for the organization. S/he is responsible to make sure organizational goals are met in efficient ways and answers to county citizens and county commissioners for personal or employee action.

The sheriff is concerned with conserving the peace and suppressing violence. If laws are broken, offenders will be apprehended and confined following criminal law. The sheriff can appoint deputies to assist in law enforcement, an undersheriff to operate the organization in the event of the sheriff's absence and aid in management, and an executive secretary to support the organization. 

The sheriff and deputies serve and execute all processes, writs, and orders handed down from court judges. The sheriff and employees can exeucte orders of municipal court judges, as long as satisfactory compensation arrangements are made.

Duties of the sheriff fall into these categories:

Criminal matters and jurisdiction (law enforcement, apprehension of violators, investigation of crime, prevention of crime, regulation of conduct which may affect violation).

Civil matters (receipt and sevice of judicial processes, notice publication, civil paper transmission)

Court functions (providing bailiff, summoning jurists, executing civil and criminal court orders, providing personal attendance)

The sheriff and deputies are bound by ethical and moral codes of conduct. 

The sheriff may not use confidential information for his or another's gain.

The sheriff may not employ persons related to him unless first approved by the board of county commissioners.

Hidalgo County Detention Center

Dolly Ward, Deputy Administrator

83 Old Hwy 70 (Physical)

PO Box 339 (Mailing)
Lordsburg, NM 88045


575.542.3036 (FAX)



It is the mission of the Hidalgo County Detention Center to safely and securely detain persons arrested awaiting trial and/or sentenced to the facility in a clean, humane, disciplined, structured environment directed by a trained professional staff.


  • Custody and control of those persons removed from the community by the criminal justice  system
  • To protect the community by preventing inmate escape
  • To protect inmates by providing a safe and drug free environment during their incarceration
  • To provide a structured and disciplined environment