City to look at transferring authority

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By David Giuliani

The City Council today is expected to look at a plan to transfer day-to-day authority over the Las Vegas-San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management to the county.

In December, the County Commission agreed to have the county assume control of that agency, which coordinates responses to emergencies.

Dennis English, the county’s safety coordinator and a former Las Vegas police captain, is expected to head the emergency office. County Manager Les Montoya has said that English has the background to run the office.

Eugene Garcia of the Police Department has been heading the emergency office. Recently, he was promoted from lieutenant to captain, a position in which he is now responsible for the patrol division.

Las Vegas officials said that even though the county is taking over the office, the city stands ready to help the county. Officials from both entities have said that in most places, the county takes the lead in running emergency offices.

The county has needed the most emergency declarations anyway.

Las Vegas city council agenda

• The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.


• Award of State Farm grant in attempt to reduce home fires.


• Annual report on tree survey by Las Vegas Tree Board.

Business items

• Request to name planned veterans service building after Miguel Encinias.

• Proposed wastewater pre-treatment ordinance.

• Resolution for safety, security and preparedness plan for Meadow City Express.

• Request to authorize staff to negotiate with GC Engineering for architectural services for MainStreet corridor project.

• Biennial memorandum of understanding between the city, MainStreet Las Vegas and the state Economic Development Department.

• Ordinance to give San Miguel County day-to-day power over the city-county Office of Emergency Management.

• Annual Open Meetings Act resolution.


• Two firefighters.

• Humane officer

• Three dispatchers

Closed session