EAST MESA COMMUNITY MEETING HAILED BY RESIDENTS AS ‘A FIRST’

EAST MESA COMMUNITY MEETING HAILED BY RESIDENTS AS ‘A FIRST’

District 4 County Commissioner D. Kent Evans was warmly greeted Thursday, July 18, 2002, by more than a dozen East Mesa residents who attended a community meeting at the Organ Volunteer Fire Station.

Evans was joined by several senior county staff, including Sheriff Juan Hernandez, County Manager David R. King and eight department heads. Issues addressed at the 2 1/2 –hour meeting included roads, parks, flood control, solid waste, development and law enforcement.

Hernandez and his department were singled out for praise by the residents, one of whom recounted a recent situation in which deputies on foot, aided by a county animal control officer in his truck, tracked down three teenagers who had just robbed a Butterfield home.

Hernandez said the recent reorganization of the county in which animal control officers were assigned to the Sheriff’s Department has helped his department in many ways.

“They have our radios in their trucks, and they serve as new eyes and ears for our department,” Hernandez said. “Those particular arrests are a great example of the new spirit of teamwork and community service within the entire department and across the county.”

Butterfield resident Mary Berry thanked Evans for arranging the East Mesa community meeting. She said it was the first such meeting she could recall in the last 20 years. Evans promised more community meetings in the future.

Evans said the purpose of community meetings is to bring the county’s senior staff into closer contact with the residents in an effort to hear their concerns first-hand and guarantee follow-though on important issues.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.