Undersheriff Tom Dunford of the Lea County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico sadly reports the death of Sheriff Steve Ackerman. He was killed in a single vehicle crash near Encino in Torrance County.

Ackerman was driving to Santa Fe to join other local sheriffs as they had planned to meet with members of the State Legislature. While traveling his department vehicle left the road and overturned.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and is being conducted by the New Mexico State Police and their Crash Reconstruction Team.

Ackerman served Lea County for twenty-six years. He started his law enforcement career in 1991 in the County Detention Center. He started as a corrections officer and rose through the ranks to captain.

In 2002 he transferred to the Sheriff’s Department as patrol deputy. In 2006 he was reassigned to the Training Section as a specialist and served in that capacity until he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2009. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2010.

In 2014 Steve Ackerman ran for sheriff and was elected to lead the agency. He began his duties on January 1, 2015. He is survived by his wife and children.

Sheriff Steve Ackerman – gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

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