The function of the Volunteer Fire Department is to protect lives and property in both the City of Hereford and Deaf Smith County. Department responsibilities include responding to residential and commercial structure fires, hazardous material incidents, motor vehicle accidents with injured or trapped persons, and as the first responder on all life-threatening medical emergencies.
The department is also responsible for conducting fire prevention activities, including inspections, plan reviews, and public education.
Traditionally the police function has entailed the responsibilities of the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the keeping of public peace. These are still the vital parts of the police role and include satellite duties such as proper reporting, investigation of offenses, and court testimony. However, the police function within the community has evolved into one involving great sociological impact.
Law Enforcement is called upon to make more decisions daily, which more seriously affect people's lives than any other governmental entity. Therefore, the functions of enforcement, prevention, protection, and peacekeeping must be conducted in conjunction with responsiveness to and compassion for the needs and rights of the community and the individual.
The purpose of the Municipal Court is to file and adjudicate Class C Misdemeanors with the Court’s jurisdiction, and to coordinate with the Warrant Officer on the service of warrants. Court personnel is responsible for the collection of fines and maintenance of records and files of a confidential nature.
Administrative functions of the Municipal Court are the responsibility of the Municipal Court Judge and Court Clerk. Judicial functions are provided by the judge.
Municipal Court Judge: Jennifer Eggen
Alternate Judge / Court Clerk: Cindy Madrigal
The Municipal Court Hours:
M - F:
Open 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed for Lunch
Open 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Located at: 212 N. Lee
Telephone: (806) 363-7127
Appearance must be neat and clean, and you must be modestly dressed. No drinks or gum are allowed in court.
All fines are due 30 days from date of appearance in court, or a late fee of $25 will be charged on each violation, and warrants will be issued.
The Animal Control Department operates under the supervision of the Police Department and regulates the keeping of domestic animals, wild livestock, fowl and vicious animals. This department enforces state laws and City ordinances concerning rabies vaccination, registrations and the number of domestic animals per household. It promotes and maintains an adoption program for unclaimed animals in addition to their impoundment and care. This department also investigates bite/scratch incidents, with the possibility of quarantine of the animals involved. It also provides education and promotes the responsible care of all animals.