integrity. stability. progress

Public Safety

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Public Safety remains a focus for Mayor Perea.

  • Over $1 million invested for NEW firetrucks and equipment
  • Improved pay for fire fighters
  • Improved City's ISO safety rating from 7 to 5, helping bring down insurance rates for homeowners
  • Sunland Park is one of the safest cities in New Mexico
  • Replaced aging police fleet with brand NEW vehicles
  • Purchased NEW laptops for officers to work in field
  • Improved relationships with law enforcement agencies at all levels of government
  • Police department was accepted into accreditation program for police departments
  • Improved working conditions in police department
  • Improved security for files, evidence, and armory
  • Improved  pay for law enforcement

Governance

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After the 2012 scandal and financial supervisory takeover of the city, Javier Perea was appointed as mayor by the Council.

  • Brought order and improved decorum of public meetings
  • Stabilized government and removed employee furloughs
  • Adopted NEW financial policies
  • Improved the City's financial outlook from a deficit to a surplus.
  • Assumed full oversight of finances back from the New Mexico Department Finance and Administration
  • Received the 2017 New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference Best Practices award for finance
  • Revenues exceeded operation expenditures every year since taking office
  • Increased the city's cash reserve requirements 
  • Improved financial audits from close to 50 findings in 2011-2012 down to 0 in 2016.  A first in over 20 years!

Public Works

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Mayor Perea brought millions of dollars in funding for infrastructure:

  • Purchased NEW Anapra pump station to address flooding
  • Street improvements completed on First through Fifth Streets, Santa Teresita, and Findley Court
  • Streets in progress include Crawford, Memorial Pines, Sunland Park Dr., Riverside (subdivision), and Anapra (subdivision)
  • Placed NEW, LED, energy efficient lighting on McNutt Rd. and Sunland Park Dr.
  • Built NEW public works/maintenance building for better security of equipment and maintenance of vehicles
  •  Expanded the "old bank building" and placed public works and community development into one centralized location
  • Replaced aging fleet with NEW vehicles
  • Improved solid waste program that was failing, inconsistent, and operating at a deficit. 
  • Installed solar panels at City Hall


Community Development

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Mayor Perea is a strong advocate for responsible growth and economic development.

  • Worked with the State of New Mexico to secure Stampede Meats, bringing 1300 NEW jobs to the area over the next few years
  • Adopted the City's FIRST comprehensive master plan!  
  • Created NEW positions focused on economic development
  • Sunland Park has become one of the fastest growing cities in New Mexico
  • Hundreds of NEW homes built in our city every year
  • Worked diligently with Sunland Park RaceTrack and Casino to build the first NEW Hotel in Sunland Park
  • Implemented NEW lodger's tax and created a NEW Lodger's Tax Board
  • Re-established the Planning and Zoning Commission with NEW members with diverse backgrounds
  • Secured $1+ million for bus route 83
  • Established NEW bus route through SCRTD providing transit connections to Dona Ana County and Las Cruces


Quality of Life

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The City has seen improvements in public spaces and continues to invest in clean and safe environments to live, work, and play!

  • Secured funding for a NEW splash pad at the Sports Complex - COMIING SOON!
  • Reopened the community library and consistently have reading programs for kids
  • Implemented several clean up campaigns collecting many tons of trash and tires across the community
  • Partnered with Southern New Mexico Project to clean areas across the City
  • Brought NEW recyclying and grappler service to the community
  • Added NEW murals/art under the Sunland Park Dr. bridge 
  • Improved Mender Park by fixing sprinkler systems, cleaning brush, and adding shade 
  • Improved Elena Memorial Park with basketball cage, sprinkler system, shade, benches, water fountain, and new memorial sitting area with plaque honoring Maria Elena
  • Replaced deficient sprinkler system and added a concession stand at the Sports Complex (In process to secure a liquor license for events)
  • Secured funding for a NEW playground for the Valencias -COMING SOON!
  • Added parks in new developments

Leadership

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Mayor Perea has been successful working across many agencies and understands that progress happens through collaboration across many organizations.  

  • South Central Regional Transit District, Chairman 2018-2019
  • Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, Chairman 2018-2019
  • El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization, Chairman 2018-2019, Vice-Chairman 2017-2018
  • New Mexico Municipal League, Vice President 2019, Member of Board of Directors 2018-2019
  • South Central Council of Governments, Board member
  • Chief Elected Officials, Board member
  • South Central Solid Waste Authority, ex-officio member
  • and member of many other committees across New Mexico.
  • Mayor Perea has received training by the NMML and is a certified municipal official since 2014