A Steady Record of Achievement

Some of the many things we have accomplished together while Ken has been mayor.

Fiscal responsibility and excellent management of city

  • City of Las Cruces maintains twice the reserves required by state
  • Strong bond rating makes city projects less expensive
  • Performance-based model for city departments
  • Named best run city in New Mexico, sixth best run city in nation by Wallet Hub
  • City has installed 1.1 Megawatts of solar energy on city buildings; 250 Kilowatts will be added to the police station this fall
  • New municipal buildings built to be highly energy-efficient
  • City committed to receiving 25% of its own electricity from renewable sources by 2022, 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050
  • Intervention by City on behalf of residents in El Paso Electric rate cases, saving ratepayers $7.5 million per year
  • Methane gas released by Waste Treatment Facility used to help power facility
  • City has converted all streetlights to LED, reducing costs by 65%; overall, City has reduced its energy consumption by 20%

Open government

  • Commitment to full community participation in city decision-making
  • Neighborhood Leadership Academies open to all residents
  • Streamlining of customer service with the Ask Las Cruces app and website
  • Establishment of Policy Review Committees consisting of city councilors, staff and residents

Public Safety

  • Implemented lapel cameras for Las Cruces police officers
  • Established outside Police Audit procedure to review police performance
  • City rated at highest level of fire protection for Insurance Service Organization, leading to lower insurance rates for city homeowners and businesses
  • Park and public safety impact fees to pay for parks and police and fire facilities in new developments
  • Created the Mobile Integrated Health program within the Fire Department to improve health care monitoring and support for local residents, to begin in 2020

Economic development:

  • Quality of Life improvements as cornerstone for economic development
  • Strong support of existing Las Cruces businesses as key to economic growth
  • One Stop Shop for permitting and construction needs
  • Designated Business Concierge to guide businesses through their interactions with city departments
  • Increased minimum wage

New infrastructure to benefit residents

  • New Plaza and active downtown
  • Energy-efficient City Hall
  • Aquatic Center and, in 2020, construction begins on regional competitive pool
  • Largest street repair and maintenance initiative in the city’s history
  • GO Bond passed by Las Cruces Voters for new Valley Drive fire station, new animal shelter, improvements in parks, sports fields and recreational facilities, and new walking, jogging and biking trails
  • East Mesa Public Safety Complex
  • Intermodal Transit Terminal for public bus system
  • Downtown Museum of Nature and Science
  • Splash pads and water facilities for children
  • Expansion of Las Cruces Convention Center with new Marriott Hotel next door
  • The Amador dining and entertainment complex downtown

Quality of Life

  • Animal Services Center moving toward regular “no kill” status; number of animals euthanized down 80% since 2008
  • Organ-Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument
  • Waiver program for youth league fees so all children can participate
  • Curbside recycling
  • Instituted neighborhood-based Community Schools program in cooperation with the Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Las Cruces named Bicycle Friendly City
  • Community Gardens program
  • Inclusion of Safe Routes to Schools in community’s planning
  • Affordable Housing Land Bank and Trust Fund established by the city
  • Partnership with the State’s Healthy Kids initiative
  • Strong support for comprehensive planning to guide growth and promote sustainability of water, open space and other resources
  • Support for Camp Hope to provide safety and services for area homeless people as they transition to more stable situations
  • “Functional zero” homelessness level achieved for veterans
  • Named 3rd “Best Place to Go “in U.S. in 2019 by Money Magazine
  • Initiation of walking and biking trail system along irrigation and drainage canals