City director steps down from post

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Personal reasons cited

By Martin Salazar

Elmer Martinez, who served as the city’s community development director for more than 16 years, has stepped down from the post.

Martinez is now the city’s transportation manager, overseeing Meadow City Express and the railroad depot facility. He requested the transfer in early December, and it became effective at the beginning of this year.

“I appreciate and want to thank the current and past mayors, councils, administration, city staff, local organizations and most importantly the community for the opportunity to serve the city of Las Vegas in the capacity of department director for 16 years,” Martinez said. He said he requested the transfer for personal reasons.

The position that he has taken over carries much less responsibility and comes with a pay cut. Martinez had been earning just over $68,000 a year as community development director. As transportation manager, Martinez is now earning about $52,700 a year.

The community development director oversees planning and zoning, building permits, mapping, business licenses, the city museum, animal shelter and transportation. Last year, Martinez led the process of revising the city’s comprehensive master plan. The city received a state award for its planning last year.

City Manager Timothy Dodge, who approved Martinez’s request for a transfer, has appointed city building inspector Ben Maynes as the acting community development director.

The transportation manager position was previously held by Debra Trujillo, who retired last year after more than two decades with the city.