The first meeting of the Brown Bag Lunch History series at Elise S. Hogan Community Library will be starting at noon on Thursday, March 14, at 100 N. Curtis Ave. in Willcox. It will last until 1 p.m.

 “The History of the Sheriff’s Office” will be presented by Bill Cavaliere, a retired sheriff from New Mexico. He will discuss the highest-ranking law enforcement position within the county… the sheriff. Beginning with the creation of the position in early times in old England, on through the days of the “Wild West” and up to modern times, Bill will keep you captivated by the many stories and photographs he has to share. Early cases are discussed, as well as more recent prominent incidents. Although the emphasis is on Hidalgo County, the most common crimes and offenses are identical with Cochise County, since the two border each other. Politics, officer training, public relations, Mexican Border issues, the duties of the sheriff, humorous incidents and much more will be shared in this presentation.

Bill Cavaliere retired last summer after a career of 28 years in law enforcement. He is the former sheriff of Hidalgo County, N.M. He was also an instructor for the National Counter-Drug Center, located in Fort Bliss, Texas. He is a historian on local history, specializing in the Chiricahua Apaches and is currently gathering material for a book he is writing. His research has taken him all over the southwest, as well as deep into Mexico. He currently sits on the board of the Cochise County Historical Society, and his hobbies include hunting and writing cowboy poetry. He and his wife Jill live on a cattle ranch outside of Portal, Ariz. 

This is offered free of charge to the public and is provided by Elsie S. Hogan Community Library, the Friends of the Library, the Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society and Cochise College.  The Historical Society meeting will follow the program and anyone interested are invited to attend.


For further information, call the library at (520) 766-4250.

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