Mayor calls organizational meeting for Tuesday

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By Jason Brooks

A special Las Vegas City Council organizational meeting has been called for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. by Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron, where the mayor will present her appointments to the Council for police chief and city attorney.

The police chief appointee is Jerry Delgado, while the city attorney appointee is Esther Garduño Montoya. The agenda packet for Tuesday's meeting includes contracts for each appointee. 

The agenda released late Friday, after the Optic's press time for the Sunday edition, does not mention contracts for the city's two other "officer" positions — city clerk, a position still held by longtime city staff member Cassandra Fresquez — and city manager, where career finance specialist Ann Marie Gallegos has been serving as the interim.

The police chief, city attorney and city manager positions haven't been filled by had full-time appointees since December. Three of the four City Councilors have regularly encouraged the mayor to expedite appointments for replacements, especially after she called a Friday, May 5 evening meeting that the three did not attend.

Delgado, according to what appears to be his LinkedIn profile, served with the New Mexico State Police from 2002 to January of this year, retiring as an investigator. He was listed as a sergeant in a 2014 Optic story about community outreach; he lists investigator as his job title at Universal Investigation Services of Albuquerque.

Esther Garduño-Montoya is a Highlands University graduate and holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico. She is likely best known in the community as a former Assistant District Attorney.