Sunland Park Special Meeting On Hold

Sunland Park Special Meeting On Hold
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 9:55pm

SUNLAND PARK N.M. -- The City of Sunland Park will wait a couple of weeks before holding another meeting to appoint a new mayor after the attorney general informed the city of violations during the last meeting.

The New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said the city violated the Open Meetings Act when it appointed Javier Perea as mayor because there were people outside who couldn't hear what was happening.

"We didn't have the speaker and the people were outside and I don't want to continue these mistakes," said Mayor Pro Tem Isabel Santos.

Santos said she has personally taken it upon herself to ensure the violations from the last meeting won't happen again.

"I had a staff meeting and my instructions were to check all the details cause I don't want a mistake," Santos said.

She plans on delaying the meeting for about two weeks so she has time to check with Gadsden Independent School District about using one of their facilities.

Santos said it's unknown who the city will appoint as mayor. She says Perea currently has the people's favor, but she herself would be open to taking the position full time.

"For 25 years I was involved in my community I know all the problems the city has here, the past and the present," Santos said.

She said she would be devoted but it all depends on the people and city council.

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