Government

Government

Form of Government

By City Charter, approved on February 7th, 2004, the City of El Paso operates under a council-manager form of government. This system combines elected officials, City Council, with an appointed local government manager. All power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professionally trained manager to carry out its directives and oversee the delivery of public services.

Out of 199 cities with populations numbering 100,000 or more, 113 use the council-manager form of government, with the City of El Paso being the latest. The council-manager form is adaptable to local conditions and preferences, and costs to local government are frequently reduced with competent management. These savings can include reduced operating costs, increased efficiency and productivity, improved revenue collection, or effective use of technology.

Functions of the City Council

  • Represent and respond to citizen concerns
  • Appoint and direct City Manager
  • Enact ordinances and resolutions
  • Approve budget and tax rates

Functions of the City Manager

  • Serve Council and community
  • Administer local government projects and programs
  • Recruit, hire and supervise government staff
  • Serve as Council's chief advisor
  • Carry out Council policies
  • Prepare budget for Council consideration

Mayor & Council

Oscar Leeser

Oscar Leeser

Mayor

Peter Svarzbein

Peter Svarzbein

District 1

Alexsandra Annello

Alexsandra Annello

District 2

Cassandra Hernandez

Cassandra Hernandez

District 3

Joe Molinar

Joe Molinar

District 4

Isabel Salcido

Isabel Salcido

District 5

Claudia L. Rodriguez

Claudia L. Rodriguez

District 6

Henry Rivera

Henry Rivera

District 7

Cissy Lizarraga

Cissy Lizarraga

District 8

City Manager & Leadership

Tommy Gonzalez

Tommy Gonzalez

City Manager

Karla Nieman

Karla Nieman

City Attorney

Tracey Jerome

Tracey Jerome

Senior Deputy City Manager

Robert Cortinas

Robert Cortinas

Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer

Dionne Mack

Dionne Mack

Deputy City Manager

Mario D’Agostino

Mario D’Agostino

Deputy City Manager

Sam Rodriguez

Sam Rodriguez

Chief Operations Officer

Ellen Smyth

Ellen Smyth

Chief Transit & Field Operations Officer

Cary Westin

Cary Westin

Senior Operations Officer

Laura Cruz-Acosta

Laura Cruz-Acosta

Strategic Communications

Ben Fyffe

Ben Fyffe

Managing Director

Araceli Guerra

Araceli Guerra

Managing Director

Nicole Cote

Nicole Cote

Managing Director

David Coronado

David Coronado

Managing Director

Greg Allen

Managing Director

Documentation

City Council Agendas

Agenda/Minutes

Charter/Muni Code

General Ordinances

Meeting Videos

City Meetings

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