Camino Real Regional Utility Authority Board Members
The Camino Real Regional Utility Authority consists of two Sunland Park Elected officials, two County Commissioners, New Mexico Senator (or a delegate) and New Mexico Representative whose district includes the Sunland Park/Santa Teresa area, and one member selected by the majority of the aforementioned six members.
The Camino Real Regional Utility Authority Board shall hold all meetings unless otherwise posted on the second Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Gadsden Independent School District Board Room located at 4950 McNutt Rd., Sunland Park NM 88063.
Appointed Board Member
Born and raised in Las Cruces, NM has been part of CRRUA’s board since 2011. A graduate of NMSU, Joshua has been working to attract businesses and bring jobs to southern Doña Ana County since 2001. Working in economic development, Joshua saw how water and wastewater infrastructure play an important role in attracting new business and jobs to the region. This experience inspired Joshua to pursue a seat on CRRUA’s board. Joshua is the at-large member of the CRRUA board which is held by someone living within the county and familiar with the business environment of southern Doña Ana County.
New Mexico Senator Delegate
Is a native Texan though have lived in Santa Teresa, NM for the last 32 years. Susan is married to Ralph Yturralde. They have two children, Captain Emily, who is an Air Force pilot, and Matthew, an Engineer in Tucson, Arizona. She has been an educator for the last 45 years, having worked in the Gadsden Independent School District for 14 years as an assistant principal at La Mesa Elementary School, principal at Desert View Elementary School, and currently the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instructional Support. Susan is honored to have served on the CRRUA Board since 2005.
Dona Ana County Commissioner
Billy G. Garrett was elected to represent District 1 on November 2, 2010. He was re-elected in November of 2014, and he will serve through December of 2018. District 1 includes all of the communities in the south valley between Vado and Mesilla Park, as well as downtown Las Cruces, Mesilla and Picacho Hills.
Commissioner Garrett brings extensive experience with large-scale government operations to the Commission. He understands the importance of budget formulation, planning, and infrastructure development and is dedicated to making Doña Ana County the best possible place to live for all residents.
Among Commissioner Garrett’s top priorities are efficient delivery of county services, public involvement in decision-making, and program accountability. He is committed to inter-governmental coordination and comprehensive planning to support local communities faced with limited resources and rapid growth.
A third generation New Mexican, Commissioner Garrett grew up in Las Cruces and graduated from Las Cruces High School. After attending New Mexico State and Arizona State Universities, he pursued a career in architecture and organizational management. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Mesilla; both retired from the National Park Service in 2009.
Ramon S Gonzalez
Dona Ana County Commissioner
Commissioner Ramon S. Gonzalez was elected to the District 2 seat on the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 8, 2016. He took the oath of office on Dec. 29, 2016, and assumed the duties of County Commissioner on Jan. 1, 2017. His four-year term ends Dec. 31, 2020, and he is eligible to seek re-election.
Commissioner Gonzalez is a 1969 graduate of Gadsden High School, and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from New Mexico Highlands University, where he played collegiate basketball. He was inducted into the Hall of Honor in Basketball in 2013. After its incorporation in 2010, he served as the first mayor of the City of Anthony, N.M. He retired after 44 years teaching within the Gadsden Independent School District, where he taught history, world history and physical education. He also coached baseball, basketball and volleyball.
Commissioner Gonzalez has been married for 30 years. He and his wife Jovita have two daughters, Teresa and Jessica.
District 2 encompasses Doña Ana County’s border with Texas and the Republic of Mexico, including the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Incorporated municipalities within District 2 include the City of Sunland Park and the City of Anthony, as well as the unincorporated communities of Chaparral, Santa Teresa, La Union and Chamberino.
City of Sunland Park
Born in El Paso, TX, and raised in Sunland Park, NM, Mayor Javier Perea is 100 % local . Mayor Perea has always excelled in academics and graduated salutatorian from high school and received a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from New Mexico State University . His calling for public service has always been evident through his involvement in numerous organizations at school and the community, often taking senior leadership roles . Mayor Perea officially took public office on August 2, 2012, and has been adamantly working to address the City’s many challenges including organization, planning, finance, economic development, transportation, and infrastructure .
Keeping in spirit with his commitment to public service, Mayor Perea currently serves on the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization, South Central Council of Governments, South Central Regional Transit District(Vice - Chair), Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority(Vice - Chair), New Mexico Municipal League Policy / Resolutions Committee, Camino Real Consortium, Anthony Chamber of Commerce(Board member), and recently joined the US Conference of Mayors . “The City is at the cusp of great potential . Nestled between El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez, it is the heart of the region . The future success of our City will take the collaboration of our elected officials and the people they represent, along with the businesses and a responsive, ethical government . I am committed to our new beginning!”
Bealquin “Bill” Gomez was born in Roswell, NM and was raised on his family farm in Hagerman, NM. The youngest of ten children he spent his childhood in the family’s bar, The Gomez. Bill graduated from Hagerman High School and was a State FFA Sentinel while in high School. He then attended the New Mexico Military Institute where he received an associate degree before attending New Mexico State University. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 1971 obtaining a Bachelors and Masters in Agricultural Business and Economics. He returned to work with the Cooperative Extension Service at NMSU in 1974 as a state wide specialist working in marketing and agricultural development for over 27 years. Bill began his career at NMSU by working with the City of Anthony, New Mexico to form the Anthony Sanitation District. He was President of Tierra Del Sol during the development of the San Miguel Alto de Las Flores housing project.
For over 20 years he provided handbooks and training programs for all New Mexico county elected officials to include County Commissioners, Sheriffs, County Clerks, Treasurers, and Assessors. He also worked with area farmers to get the Mesa Farmers Gin open, and change the state law governing cotton gins to allow them to obtain a full time air quality permit. Over several years he helped organize the Boll Weevil Association for the Mesilla Valley, obtained a million-dollar loan from the federal government and managed to help rid the valley of the pest in just two years. Bill has worked extensively with the New Mexico Wine Industry by conducting the major wine festivals all over the state for 15 years and provided marketing and promotional assistance to the industry thus creating a viable wine industry in the state.
City of Sunland Park
Francisco Javier Jayme-Medina was born in Asarco’s Smelter town next-door to Anapra New Mexico, he attended public schools in El Paso, Texas continuously serving his community as a Texas real estate agent since 1993, licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission, specializing in residential real estate contract law, also maintaining a New Mexico real estate Qualifying Brokerage, licensed by the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. Councilor Jayme has lived with his family in Sunland Park since 2001, proud to be a contributing participant to the City with the lowest crime rate, highest public school test scores, highest growth rate, most productive and efficient Eleven square miles in New Mexico, the City of Sunland Park.
He has previously served as Trustee for the Ranchos Del Rio Home Owners Association, President of the Sunland Park LULAC Council, and active member of the Democratic party of New Mexico, in 2014 he was elected to serve the citizens of Sunland Park in District 2, since then he has assisted in obtaining an FCC cable channel for the City of Sunland Park, endorsed support for $1.6 million in new equipment for the Sunland Park Fire department, endorsed and promoted a Master Development plan for the city of Sunland Park, consistently working and contributing to the economic growth of Sunland Park and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
Councilor Jayme was unanimously appointed to serve on the governing board of the Camino-Real Rural Utility Authority by the Sunland Park City Council in March, 2016 and has been mainly concerned with environmental hazards, which affect water quality in the Santa Teresa, Sunland Park, and Anapra neighborhoods serving the CRRUA water board to protect, promote and develop our water resources for the citizens of Sunland Park, and neighboring water customers while working towards a safe & sustainable supply of water resources with emphasis on clean drinking water free from contaminates.