[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Española as Ch. 38, Art. II, of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established under the executive branch of the government of the City, in accordance with NMSA 1978 § 12-10-5, a Department of Civil Preparedness, which shall consist of:
A Coordinator of Civil Preparedness who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the concurrence of the City Council and subject to approval by the State Director.
Such additional professional and administrative staff personnel as may be required to effectively carry out the civil preparedness program.
All other City officers and employees, together with those volunteer forces enrolled to aid them during periods of emergency.
The purpose of the civil preparedness organization is to coordinate the efforts of all municipal agencies and employees and nongovernmental agencies to prepare for and function in the event of emergencies endangering the lives and property of the citizens of the City. It shall be the duty of such organization to coordinate the development of plans for the effective employment of municipal resources to protect the lives and health of the citizens of the City and the private and public property therein from the effects of natural or man-caused disasters, including acts of war, and to coordinate the implementation of said plans during periods of emergency. Such plans shall be coordinated with those of Rio Arriba County, and in consonance with the state civil preparedness plans.
The Civil Preparedness Coordinator shall be the executive head of the Department of Civil Preparedness and shall be responsible to the Mayor for the organization, administration and operation of the civil preparedness program of the City. The Coordinator shall, acting for the Mayor, coordinate the civil 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 and the other political subdivisions therein.
The Coordinator shall have all necessary authority to act for the City government in all matters pertaining to civil preparedness, including the obligation of such municipal funds as may be appropriated for civil preparedness purposes. He shall develop an organizational structure for the department, subject to the approval of the City Council, and is authorized to make appointments to fill the positions established therein.
Funds for necessary expenses of the Department of Civil Preparedness, including salaries for approved paid positions, may be made available through appropriations by the City Council in accordance with NMSA 1978 § 12-10-7.
The Coordinator shall prepare and submit to the City Council an annual proposed budget for civil preparedness expenditures, and shall indicate therein those amounts eligible for matching funds under the federal civil preparedness assistance programs.
Civil preparedness funds may be obligated by the Coordinator only in the amounts appropriated and for the purposes authorized by the City Council.