Socorro Mayor and City Council members sworn-in among standing ovation

Socorro Mayor and City Council members sworn-in among standing ovation

POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 9:54pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 10:14pm

Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz, Rene Rodriguez, Representative at Large, and Joseph "Chito" Bowling, District 4 Representative were sworn-in Thursday night among a standing ovation.

The three new  members of Socorro City Council took the oath of office in front of a crowded room of Socorro residents. 

Ulyses Gutierrez lives in Socorro and said he is ready for change.

"The last city council we had, they were doing a lot of things behind our backs, many of them got indicted, they even got in trouble. We're just tired if it. We're tired of the corruption," said Gutierrez.

After being sworn in, Ruiz spoke about his plans for the embattled town.  Plans that include being more available to residents.

"We want to reassure them that they are able to speak to us, whether it be positive or negative, and we just want to reach out to them, make ourselves available to the public and let them know that their leaders are here for them," said Ruiz.

Another top priority is to increase transparency, which the new council hopes to accomplish by posting agendas and financial documents online, as well as streaming council meetings online.

First, they plan to begin with an audit.

"I think our first priority is to call an audit. We need to see where our financial state is," said Rodriguez.

El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez agrees that it is a good place to start.

"Ordering an audit is a wise thing to do. I believe to make sure they get a good picture of how the finances of the City of Socorro are," said Perez.

Gutierrez said he is excited for what he hopes is a promising future for his hometown.

"We're very excited that we have an actual city council that's going to listen to us now."

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