Public Information & Special Projects
Public Information & Special Projects
Jess Williams is the Doña Ana County Director of Public Information/Special Projects. A native of Las Cruces, he holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in communication studies, both from New Mexico State University. He is a former newspaper editor (The Raton [NM] Range; the Stephenville [TX] Empire-Tribune; and The Taos [NM] News). He also is a former adjunct faculty member in the Journalism and Communication Studies departments at NMSU, where he taught evening and weekend classes in journalism and public speaking.
Williams coordinates media inquiries for Doña Ana County, performs research for the county manager and members of the Board of County Commissioners, performs conflict resolution related to many complaints from the public and acts as a liaison for the County Manager's Office to the general public. He also coordinates art exhibits for the County Manager's Complex and groundbreaking ceremonies for various other county initiatives. In addition, he assists elected officials and department heads with both internal and external communications.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley. He supervises a communications specialist in the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, as well as the county’s main-lobby receptionist and the mailroom clerk.
REQUESTING PUBLIC RECORDS
Notice of Right to Inspect Public Records
By law, under the Inspection of Public Records Act, every person has the right to inspect public records of Doña Ana County. The act also makes compliance with requests to inspect public records an integral part of the routine duties of the officers and employees of Doña Ana County.
A person desiring to inspect public records may submit a request to the records custodian orally or in writing. However, the procedures and penalties prescribed by the act apply only to written requests. A written request must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person making the request. The request must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable the records custodian to identify and locate the requested records.
The records custodian must permit the inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If inspection is not permitted within three (3) business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reasons inspection has been denied. The written denial shall be delivered or mailed within fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian received the request for inspection.
If a person requesting inspection would like a copy of public record, a reasonable fee may be charged. The fee for black and white copies of documents 8 ½ x 11 or Legal size is $.50 per single sided page ($.75 for color). The fee for larger documents up to 11 x 17 is $1.00 per single sided page. The County will charge a reasonable rate for copies that are larger than 11 x 17 or which require special machinery or supplies, and for records other than documents, that are stored on other media, e.g. photographs, tape recordings, computer tapes or discs. Additional charges may apply for records or information contained in a computer database. The records custodian may request that applicable fees for copying public records be paid in advance, before the copies are made. A receipt indicating that the fees have been paid for making copies of public records will be provided upon request to the person requesting the copies.
Requests for Inspection of Public Records may be addressed directly to the “Records Custodian” for the particular County Government Department to which the requested records relate, if known. If the records sought pertain to more than one County Department, or the appropriate County Department is not known, requests may be addressed to:
Jess C. Williams
Director of Public Information/Special Projects
845 N. Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88007
Voice: (575) 525-5801
Fax: (575) 525-5948
TDD: (575) 525-5951