by El Defensor Chieftain writer Laura London
Priscilliano “Shorty” Vaiza, chief deputy at the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department, is chief deputy no more.
Vaiza’s last day as chief deputy was Dec. 31, 2012, and now he is retired after 27 years serving local law enforcement.
Vaiza started his law enforcement career in 1985 as a dispatcher with the Socorro Police Department, a position he held about five months. Then he became an officer and worked several years with SPD, achieving the rank of lieutenant by the time he left in 1998 to work for the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department. He worked there two years, then went back to SPD as a school resource officer for two years. In 2002, he was back at the sheriff’s department as chief deputy, a position he held until his retirement last month.
Vaiza estimated he worked 14 1/2 years total for SPD, and 12 1/2 years for the sheriff’s department. He really enjoyed it.
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