County continues efforts to make progress, city sets high standards
The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce held its first Membership Update Luncheon of the year Feb. 28 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The annual luncheon provides Chamber members and members of the community the opportunity to listen to current projects and progress within the city and county.
Mayor Ken Miyagishima was first to take the podium at the event. Miyagishima placed an important significance on the city’s appearance and service it is providing. “The service given by the City of Las Cruces has to be as that of a five star hotel,” he said.
Doña Ana County Manager Julia Brown, Esq., also spoke about the customer service delivered by the county’s employees. She mentioned that although the county’s employees are dedicated to providing great customer service there is always room for improvement in enhancing techniques, not only with customers but also with in the different departments in the county.
Brown reviewed the county’s mission statement and said: “Doña Ana County government enhances the health, safety and quality of life for all residents as determined by law and community interest. Services are provided through innovative leadership and teamwork in a fair, respectful and professional manner.”
One great accomplishment that impressed the luncheon’s attendees was the financial stability the county has maintained.
“Doña Ana County received the state auditor’s accountability award, recognizing several years of zero audit findings and unqualified, clean audits,” Brown said.
Brown continued her speech by sharing highlights that have occurred within the county – one being the opening of the new La Mesa District 4 First Station by the Fire and Emergency Services Department. The Health and Human Services department teamed with Memorial Medical Center and launched the Nuestra Vida Program which is designed to help adults with diabetes, prediabetes and also their loved ones.
With many achievements within the last year, Brown recognized there are still areas that can be improved. She assured that the county is growing stronger and will be conducting update forums throughout the year.