Welcome to Hidalgo County,
New Mexico

Located in the deep southwest along the borders of Arizona and Mexico, Hidalgo County began as farming, ranching, and mining communities long before statehood in 1912. With a population of 4,894 and an area of 3,445.63 square miles., it averages 1.4 persons per square mile.

Hidalgo County was formed from Grant County in 1919, with the county seat in Lordsburg. It was named in honor of Miguel Dolores Hidalgo, who led the revolution in Mexico in 1810, which eventually led to its independence from Spain. The county “towns” are Virden, Lordsburg, Cotton City, Animas, and Rodeo.

Panoramic mountain horizons and spectacular views of the sky are only part of the county’s appeal. It boasts two ghost towns, a geothermal electricity generating plant, birdwatching, ranch tours, and hiking.

Latitude 32.35   Longitude 108.709

Enchantment Begins Here!

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               Employment Opportunities


The Hidalgo County Detention Center is now accepting applications for Detention Officer. This process is to fill vacancies for Detention Officer as they occur over a period of four months. All qualified, interviewed, and considered applicants will be kept on file for a period of four months.

Applications must be turned into the Hidalgo County Managers office.  The Manager’s office will accept applications until the vacancies are filled.  Applications and job description may be picked up at The Hidalgo County Manager’s Office – 305 Pyramid Street, Lordsburg, NM or visit www.hidalgocounty.org. Hidalgo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  8/8/16



The Hidalgo County Central Dispatch Center is accepting applications for Full Time Dispatcher Position.  Applications may be picked up and returned to the Hidalgo County – County Managers Office at 305 Pyramid Street Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm.  Applications may also be obtained and completed on-line at hidalgocounty.org website.  Applicants must be able to operate multiple phone lines, multiple radio frequencies, proficient with computers, have proficient typing skills and the ability to multi task is a priority.  Applicant must be able to work shift work.  The applications will be accepted until November 17th, 2016 at 5pm.  Hidalgo County is an equal opportunity employer.  




Position Title:  Part Time Surveillance Officer

Posted:  9/29/16 @ 8:00 am, Closes: When position is filled

Letter of Interest and Resume are preferred but not required.    

Salaried(Y/N) : N

Salary Range: $18.00 hourly  

Shift:  up to 12 hours a week

Location:  Public schools, the participant’s home, and the JPO office.

Department: Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services

Program: Surveillance Program

Supervisor: Chief JPPO, 6th Judicial District JPPO Office


See more information about this in the Job Description.

Economic Injury due to Drought

SBA Release Number AZ 14804-01, “SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Arizona Small Businesses,” sent to media today by the SBA Disaster Field Operations Center-West.  Small, nonfarm businesses in one neighboring New Mexico county, Hidalgo, are eligible to apply.  Application deadline: April 10, 2017.  See the attached files below.




News & Announcements

Coming Soon!

It will soon be possible to pay property taxes to Hidalgo County Treasurer online and with a credit card.  See the attached frequently asked questions.


Early voting and absentee voting starts OCT. 11, 2016 at the Courthouse from 9am-5pm.  

One of Our 50 Is Missing


In 1986, a new federal law required parents to acquire Social Security numbers for young children to claim as dependents on tax forms. Jan Andretta’s son, Matt, had been born in Albuquerque, but the family had moved to the Washington, D.C., area. “As a dutiful citizen, I stood in line at the Social Security Office in Silver Spring, Maryland, to apply for Matt’s number. When my turn came, I handed Matt’s birth certificate to the clerk behind the counter.”

The New Mexico Health and Environment Department had helpfully printed the form in both English and Spanish, but that seemed to strike the clerk as an obvious clue to something being amiss. Somewhat snidely, she said to Andretta, “Is New Mexico part of the United States?” Why, yes, Andretta assured her, it is—”as a matter of fact, since 1912.” She got her son’s card, and the better-informed gentleman behind her got a good laugh out of it.

Reprinted here with permission from New Mexico Magazine

Gila National Forest Plan Revision

Gila National Forest planners have provided more information about the plan revision.  The following is an email with information and a website to visit.



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Animal Control Officer

Capture and removal of stray or dangerous animals will be handled by contacting the Hidalgo County Dispatch office at 575-542-8827.  Please provide a good description and location of the animal.   

  If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact Tisha Green at (575.542.9428) at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.


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