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Gallery: Former Mayor Oscar Leeser holds fundraiser for his Mayoral campaign

Tuesday evening, former Mayor Oscar Leeser held a fundraiser and mingled for about an hour among invited family and guest at the home of Shelley Mozelle, his campaign treasurer.

Sheriff Richard Wiles introduced the former mayor in front of 150 invited guests, who listened as Leeser gave a short description outlining his vision for El Paso and its future during his upcoming run for the office he once held three years ago.

Our very own Ruben Ramirez was there and we bring you his view of the event in this gallery.

**Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Mr. Leeser was officially announcing his run for Mayor of El Paso during this gathering.  We apologize for the error.

Mayor, Council and City Manager move Forward; Introduce ‘Statement of Goals & Expectations

After a lengthy meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Oscar Leeser, City Manager Tommy Gonzalez and the entire City Council took the first step in moving forward after months of consternation.

The City Team went into Executive Session for almost 5 hours and the outcome was a “Statement of Goals and Expectations.”

Mayor Leeser had very positive comments to share about the discussion. “Our City Team is working hard to get past the last few months and get back on track and focus on the areas that help our great city prosper like economic development, public safety, quality of life and our financial stability.”

The City Council expressed their appreciation for the work completed and the results achieved together.  This meeting was more about collaboration and ensuring Council feedback was integrated into next year’s work efforts.

City Manager, Tommy Gonzalez said, “I have a deep sense of pride in our staff and what we along with Council have been able to achieve. I know there is much more to do but despite the distractions we have continued to persevere and achieve Council objectives.” City Manager shared a three page report listing the “Council’s Accomplishments and Focus Areas.”

The Mayor stressed the importance of Mayor, Council and City Manager all working together and said the “Statement of Goals and Expectations” will help that process.

The areas included in the personnel document are the following:

  1. Relationship with Council that included items on continuing to update council on special projects and ensuring that staff follows through on issues and maintains mutual respect throughout the organization.
  1. Organizational Management area focused on restructuring, succession planning, and organizational needs.
  1. Communications and Relations looked at the communications needs of council and allocating necessary resources for specific areas.
  1. Align Staff Reporting with Council Goals – this included implementing capital project tracking software and financial information.
  1. Ethics Ordinance focused on demonstrating accountability and ensuring ethical and honest behavior among the organization.
  1. Human Resources looked at developing a compensation Plan and re-implementing performance reviews for employees at all levels of the organization.
  1. Public Relations and Media focused on maintaining a positive relationship with the community and re-emphasized the importance media in assisting with public awareness on City issues.
  1. External Relations included the importance of representing the City at all levels and maintaining a good working relationship with local regional, state and federal agencies.
  1. Financial Management stressed the need to expedite the reconciliation of financial accounts and developing a multi-year planning system.  Council recognized this has been a long standing matter but wants to make it a priority in the coming year.
  1. Personal Attributes looked at initiating creative solutions to issues, listening to ideas and continuing to build employee morale.


Mayor Leeser, City Manager Gonzalez release statements about Monday’s special meeting

Both Mayor Oscar Leeser and City Manager Tommy Gonzalez have released statements regarding a special City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, December 14th.  The specific item will be taken up during Executive Session.

Statement from City Manager Tommy Gonzalez:

 “I don’t know what the council will be discussing on Monday. However, as I have stated, I welcome an investigation. The investigation will demonstrate that I have done nothing wrong. I want the investigation to put everything out in the open. 

I followed city procedures, yet all of the facts have been taken out of context and misrepresented. I would hope the Mayor and Council would allow for the investigation to take place which will demonstrate that all procedures and existing policies were followed. However, if they choose to take action without a third-party investigation, they will be doing so without all the facts they would have to have to make a valid determination.”

Statement from Mayor Oscar Lesser:

“During the executive session discussion regarding hiring an investigator, questions related to personnel matters were raised and we were unable to discuss them because the agenda had not been posted for personnel issues. In order to allow council to discuss concerns related to personnel matters and to receive legal advice concerning our options, Rep. Niland and I asked for the item to be posted on Monday’s agenda.”

The City Council agenda can be viewed HERE

El Paso City Council meetings to be held every 2 weeks starting 2016

Beginning January 12, 2016 El Paso City Council meetings will be held every two weeks at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays. In the November 3, 2015 Charter Election, voters approved a modification to the City’s Municipal

Charter to have City Council meetings every two weeks instead of the usual weekly meeting. Council meetings will continue to be held at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays. This will allow staff more time to address issues and work on operational needs of their respective departments.

In addition, the Monday before each council meeting, City Council will have “work sessions” to review the agenda and discuss issues prior to the regular Council Meeting on Tuesday. The first work session is scheduled for January 11, 2016. The following is a list of City Council dates to be held in 2016.


January 12, 2016

January 26, 2016

February 9, 2016

February 23, 2016

March 8, 2016

March 22, 2016

April 5, 2016

April 19, 2016

May 3, 2016

May 17, 2016

May 31, 2016

June 14, 2016

June 28, 2016

July 12, 2016

July 26, 2016

August 9, 2016

August 23, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 20, 2016

October 4, 2016

October 18, 2016

November 1, 2016

November 15, 2016

November 29, 2016

December 13, 2016

December 27, 2016

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