As we welcome the New Year, I am reflecting back on my work as your city councilmember during 2019.

Service to the community happens in various ways and beyond the city council I serve as a member of the following committees in the community as well as within city government: City’s Finance Committee & City’s Design Review Board; Douglas Merchants Association; Douglas Educational Partnership Council; and City’s Census Complete Count Sub-Committee.

Additionally, I have provided representation of Douglas to other cities in our county. City staff and I have been to Binational Water Commission meetings in Agua Prieta and Nogales as well as ADOT meetings. I’ve also represented the elected officials at regional Mayor and City Manager luncheons, creating working relationships with mayors and managers from Benson, Bisbee, Huachuca City, Sierra Vista, Tombstone, and Willcox.

I attended various Arizona-Mexico Commission events with Mayor Uribe in both Arizona and Sonora, Mexico to strengthen our international relationship with our Mexican counterparts as well as meeting with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, federal, state, and local officials. With laser focus by our City Manager and Port Advisor Luis Ramirez, Douglas has been moving along on a rapid pace for a commercial port of entry. As part of our preliminary work on the new commercial port, GSA asked the city to tour the ports of entries that are relevant to our situation for lessons learned. I was pleased to learn from tours in El Paso, Calexico, and San Luis ports, especially touring San Luis with agents who worked in Douglas. They gave us first hand advice on how to improve the experience in the commercial port and modernizing the existing port.

Other representation as your elected official are, first, my request to the city manager for internal meetings between department directors and council to discuss the yearly budget to find out each department’s financial status and needs. This has not been done before in recent years. It was beneficial for all elected officials who took the initiative to better understand how our operations function and where needs had gone unfunded for periods of multiple years. Second, joining the employee appreciation activities such as the summer ice cream social event serving employees to thank them and our December Employee Awards & Appreciation lunch. This gave me a chance to have conversations with our hard-working employees on a personal and professional level.

No. 3, locally and regionally I am always happy to be part of events geared for our youth. This fall Vice Mayor Lindemann and I represented the city in an event for the Boy Scouts in Sierra Vista. Finally, this December I was delighted that our Fire Department & Parks department asked me to take part in Douglas on Ice.

I end on a note reminding everyone of the importance of being counted during the 2020 Census – you can make a difference in bringing more of our federal and state tax dollars back to our community! Contact me any time at ward6@douglasaz.gov or (520) 417-7303.

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