The Vigil family is a hardworking family coming from humble beginnings. He was raised on a farm on the South Valley of Doña Ana County. As a young man, he was instilled the values of strong work ethic and ethics. He not only excelled academically, but also in boxing and wrestling as his extracurricular activities. He has been a longtime resident of Doña Ana County and was raised in Anthony, NM. He is a graduate of Gadsden High School, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in government at New Mexico State University.
Enrique “Kiki” Vigil is married to Melanie Altuna Vigil who was raised in Las Cruces, NM. They have been married for 29 years. Melanie also retired from the United States Justice Department with the Bureau of Prisons. She too received her degree from New Mexico State University in psychology. Melanie and Kiki have raised two (2) wonderful children, Jason and Briana. They are graduates of Las Cruces High School and received their undergraduate degrees from New Mexico State University. Jason received his law degree from the University of Kansas. He has become a Prosecutor and is on his own path to establish a promising career. Briana is pursuing an advanced degree and career with the Federal Government.
Sheriff Vigil brings to the office a distinguished career in law enforcement, which includes more than 29 years of experience, serving in many different capacities. He served with the United States Justice Department, one year with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and 24 years with the U.S. Marshals Service. At the U.S. Marshals Service he was a senior supervisor and administrator, serving as Task Force Commander, with the Lone Star Fugitive Recovery Task Force, Violent Offender and Sex Offender Fugitive Recovery. As Task Force Commander, Sheriff Vigil oversaw hundreds of violent fugitive apprehensions throughout the country and abroad, including the recovery of violent offenders who had sought refuge in Mexico. He was responsible for the administration of budgets, capital outlays, grants and special programs and projects to apprehend violent fugitives and promote public safety. He developed strong relationships with several law-enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico. He is credited for allocating resources to enhance training and funding for special programs.
Upon assuming office, he requested a forensic audit of federal grants (Operation Stonegarden) that were funded to the previous administration. This audit determined that there was serious misuse of funds and that overtime was being used by command staff instead of non-supervisory deputies as required, which is stipulated by this grant agreement. He immediately took corrective action, and now all grant programs are running as best practices.