Dever elected chair of SW Border Sheriff’s Coalition
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever has been named the new chairman of the Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition. Dever follows Zapata County (Texas) Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, who previously held the post. The coalition, founded in January 2007, is comprised of sheriffs from 26 counties along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Dever said his main goal will be to improve coordination, communication and response between local, state and federal agencies, according to a press release sent out by the public affairs agency that represents Dever and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in their partnership, bordersheriffs.com.
The sheriffs formed the alliance to “combat lawsuits brought by the ACLU and the Justice Department against the Sheriffs and explore opportunities to affirmatively bring action against the Federal Government.” My colleague, Tim Steller, wrote about their plan in this story: 2 sheriffs join to defend 1070.