The City of Las Cruces is a home-rule city governed by its charter and has a council-manager form of government. The role of the City Council is to develop a long-term vision for the City and to seek input from and communicate with residents, businesses and other stakeholders. The powers of the City Council lie in its action as a public body. The City Council is charged with making policy, approving the City budget and the employment of the city manager. The council and its individual members do not address personnel issues other than those related specifically to the city manager. The City Council works with the city manager to shape the strategic direction of the City based on specific goals. The City Council is also responsible for issuing and selling municipal bonds, purchasing and selling property, and setting the City’s tax rate.
The city council meets regularly on the first and third Mondays of each month. Check the calendar schedule for exceptions to holidays. The agenda of each meeting includes time for citizen comments. All meetings are streamed live on CLC-TV and are archived. The council also holds work sessions for the purpose of studying problems and having deeper discussions about issues. Instructions may be given to the city manager at work sessions, but no official action by council may be taken. The city council holds other types of meetings throughout the year. Further, individual councilors represent the City on local, regional, and sometimes national, boards that serve the public interest.
The Las Cruces City council comprises seven members, people from all walks of life who devote their time to public service as elected officials. City councilors serve alternating four-year terms. The next election is November 7, 2017 for Districts 3, 5 and 6. The mayor is elected at large. City councilors are elected by the voters in their respective districts and must reside in the districts they represent. Once elected, Council members choose the Mayor Pro-Tem from among the elected members. All city council seats carry four-year terms. Councilors have no term limits and the city council determines the annual salary of councilors and the mayor by ordinance. Council members also receive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits and may qualify for public employee retirement benefits. Anyone interested in holding city council office may contact the City Clerk’s Office for details. The City Clerk oversees the election process including required candidate filings.
If you want more information on a specific councilor, click on his or her picture. If you’re not sure what district you live in, go to the map search and type in your address. You may contact councilors by email, mail or phone.