New Doña Ana County undersheriff sworn in | KOB 4

New Doña Ana County undersheriff sworn in

J.R. Oppenheim
April 30, 2018 07:23 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Doña Ana County's new undersheriff took her oath of office.


Liliana McDowell-Schnell had her first official day in her new position on Monday after she was sworn in. Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil appointed McDowell-Schnell as undersheriff last month. She will be the department's second in command.

She replaces Ken Roberts, who was fired earlier this year after sexual harassment and misconduct charges against him emerged.

"Our department is thrilled to welcome Liliana to Doña Ana County," Vigil said in a statement. "We have a lot of work to do, and her energy and expertise across a wide range of priorities within our agency will be very helpful."

McDowell-Schnell had previously served as the undersheriff in neighboring Otero County and worked in the FBI. There she conducted civil rights and human trafficking investigations, eventually retiring from the bureau.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports McDowell-Schnell is only the second woman to become undersheriff in Doña Ana County.


J.R. Oppenheim

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