Roswell, New Mexico

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Roswell is one of the five largest cities in New Mexico and is the county seat for Chaves County. It is one of 62 cities in the state. As of 2010, it had a population of 48,366.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of New Mexico city websites


The good

  • Current budget is posted, but past years budgets are not available.[2]
  • Contact information for elected officials is available, but term and election information is not posted.[3]
  • Contact information for administrative officials is posted.[4]
  • Meeting schedule is posted.[5]
  • Zoning ordinance is available.[6]
  • Building permit form is posted.[7]
  • City uses New Mexico E-Procurement website for bids.[8]

The bad

  • Past years budgets not posted.
  • Council term and election information is not posted.
  • Meeting Minutes are not easily available.
  • Past meeting agendas not posted.
  • Site has no search function.
  • Audits are not posted.
  • Rules governing contracts and current contracts not available.
  • No information regarding lobbying.
  • No information regarding public records.
  • Local taxes are not noted.

Budget

The 2011-2012 budget spends $59,277,374 and has a revenue estimate of $66,451,895.[9]

Expenditure Amount
Personnel Services $33,788,089
Operating Expenses $24,800,319
Capital Outlays $688,966
Total $59,277,374

Stimulus

According to Stimulus Watch, Roswell has received $635,245.95 from the federal stimulus package.[10]

Type Description Amount City State Jobs Vote
Contract relocate Two Rivers Dam public/picnic area and buildings. install additional structures, provide new walkways. $89,801.00 Roswell NM 9 0
Contract Delivery & installation of Pre-fabricated sanitary facility, Two Rivers, Roswell, Chavez County, NM. $29,701.00 Roswell NM 0 0
Contract Long Beach Job Corps Center: Ed SVSC CTT Auto & CNST Curriculum-Provides funding to purchase training materials (DVDs) entitled \'Hybrid… $58,755.00 Roswell NM 0 0
Grant Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grants $195,500.00 Roswell NM 0 0
Grant New Police Equipment Procurement Program $261,489.00 Roswell NM 3 -1

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The city government is made up of 10 city council members with two members represented each of the five city wards and a mayor elected at large.[11]

First Last Position District
Del Jurney Mayor
Bob Maples Council Member Ward I
Dusty Huckabee Council Member Ward I
Steve Henderson Council Member Ward II
Jimmy Craig Council Member Ward II
Judy Stubbs Council Member Ward III
Art Sandoval Council Member Ward III
Jason Perrty Council Member Ward IV
Elena Velasquez Council Member Ward V
Barry Foster Council Member Ward V

In December of 2010, there was a controversy over then Council member Rob McWilliams secretly recording closed door meetings. Upon finding out, Mayor Del Jurney sought to remove McWilliams from the council.[12] Before his petition for removal hearings could be heard, McWilliams resigned from the council.[13]

Administrative Officials

The City Manager for Roswell is Larry Fry.[14]

First Last Position
Larry Fry City manager
Judy Pittman City Attorney
Dave Kunko City Clerk
Michael Vickers City Planner
James Salas Fire Chief
Not Named Police Chief

Salaries

See also: New Mexico state government salary

The 2011-2012 budget allocates $20,492,515 to full time salaries, $595,233 to part time salaries, and $518,209 on temporary salaires.[15]

Pensions

See also: New Mexico public pensions

The 2011-2012 budget spends $3,146,899 on contributing to employee pensions (PERA). The following table outlines the cost of employee benefits in the 2011-2012 budget.[16]

Type of Benefit Cost
FICA $1,439,874
Medicare $336,747
PERA $3,146,899
NMRHCA $423,168
Ad Fee $9,954
Emp A $14,256
Insurance $5,178,785
Car Allowance $7,440
W/C $7,200
Total $10,564,323

Emergency personnel

The police department budget for 2011-2012 is $11,222,779 and the fire department's budget is $8,973,779. Salary and benefit costs for the police department is $8,135,538 and $7,169,294 for the fire department.[17]

A Roswell Police Officer and son of Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon was fired for attempting to buy Bronkaid (an ephedrine product used to make meth) with another person's ID. Justin Coon's home was discovered to have many prescriptions of Ephedrine and painkillers not prescribed to him.[18]

Lobbying

See also: New Mexico government sector lobbying

The city of Roswell website and OpenSecrets do not note any funds being used for lobbying.

Taxes

Roswell estimates it will raise roughly $25 million from its gross receipts tax in 2012.[19]

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