[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Las Vegas 10-14-1993 by Ord. No. 82-12; amended in its entirety 2-20-2008 by Ord. No. 08-01. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established under the executive branch of the government of the City of Las Vegas, in accordance with the State Civil Emergency Preparedness Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 12-10-1 to 12-10-10, the Office of Civil Emergency Preparedness, which shall consist of:
A Coordinator of Civil Emergency Preparedness who shall be a full-time employee in good standing of the County of San Miguel or the City of Las Vegas subject to the approval of the County Manager and the City Manager with the concurrence of the County Commission and the City Council and approval by the State Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Such additional professional staff personnel as may be required to effectively carry out the Civil Emergency Preparedness Program may also be designated by the County and City Managers.
All other City officers and employees, together with those volunteer forces enrolled to aid them during periods of emergency, shall be considered as part of the civil emergency preparedness organization of the City of Las Vegas and the County of San Miguel.
The purpose of the Office of Civil Emergency Preparedness is to coordinate the efforts of all local and county governmental departments and agencies and to maintain liaison with and cooperate with civil emergency preparedness agencies and organizations of other political subdivisions and of the state government. It shall be the duty of said organization to coordinate the development of a civil emergency preparedness plan for the protection of live and property adequate to cope with disasters resulting from acts of war or terrorism, or from other natural or man-made causes other than acts of war and to coordinate the implementation of said plans during periods of emergency within the territorial limits of the City and the County of San Miguel.
The Civil Emergency Preparedness Emergency Manager shall be the executive head of the Office of Civil Emergency Preparedness and shall be responsible to the County Manager and City Manager for the organization, administration and operation of the civil emergency preparedness activities of all municipal departments and agencies and nongovernmental agencies, and shall maintain liaison with and cooperate with the civil preparedness agencies of the federal government, the State of New Mexico and the other political subdivisions therein.
The Emergency Manager shall, under the direction of the County and City Managers, have authority to act for the County and City in all matters pertaining to the civil preparedness, including the obligation of such municipal and county funds as may be appropriated for civil preparedness purposes. He/she shall develop an organizational structure for the department, subject to standards developed by the federal government, State of New Mexico and as directed and approved by the County Manager and the City Manager.
The Emergency Manager shall be authorized to make recommendations for appointments subject to the approval of the County Manager and the City Manager as may be created or may exist from time to time.
Funds for necessary expenses of the Office of Civil Emergency Preparedness, including salaries for approved paid positions, may be made available though appropriations by the governing body in accordance with NMSA 1978, § 12-10-7, as amended.
The Emergency Manager shall prepare and submit to the County Manager for review, and the County Manager to the City Manager for approval, an annual proposed budget for civil emergency preparedness expenditures, and shall indicate therein those amounts eligible for matching funds under State and/or Federal Civil Preparedness Assistance Programs.
Civil emergency preparedness funds may be obligated by the Emergency Manager only in the amounts appropriated and for the purpose authorized by the governing body.