City Government

On behalf of the City Council, Administration, and Staff, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you and to invite you to let us know how we can be of service. Española is quickly becoming the city at the center of it all in northern New Mexico. Rich in culture and history (Española was the first Capitol City in America), the city is also leading the way into the future on major issues including transportation, water planning, and more. Seated in the beautiful Española Valley between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Jemez Mountains, Española is a wonderful place to work, play, and to call home. Relax and enjoy your visit to our site, and let us know if we can be of help to you. We invite you to visit us and see just why there is so much to love about Española!
Mayor of the City of Española, Alice A. Lucero

Community Services Department Announces Summer Activities Calendar

Summer is here and there are lots of great activities offered by the City of Española Community Service Department. This includes art exhibits at the Bond House, family events at the Library, the Española Fiesta, field trips for seniors, and plenty of sports activities. Click here to see a complete list. Participate in what Española has to offer!

City Posts Notice of Right to Inspect Public Records

The City Clerk is the custodian of public records for the City of Española. All citizens have the right to inspect public records. Please click here to learn more about the process of requesting an inspection of public records.

Visit the Plaza de Española!

The Plaza de Española is the historical and cultural center of the city. Within easy walking distance are four attractions that serve to teach and demonstrate our heritage. The Mision Museum y Convento is a replica of the original mission built by the Spanish at the nearby San Gabriel settlement in 1598. The history of the area from ancient times is depicted on reredos (altar screens) produced by the finest regional artists (see image on right).

The Bond House Museum is a circa 1910 home listed on both the National and New Mexico Register of Historic Places. In addition to historic photographs and artifacts it is used to display the works of various local artists.

The Veteran's Wall was completed in 2003 to honor the over 2,000 men and women from northern New Mexico who have served honorably in the military. The memorial includes a reflecting pool and the "Walk of Honor" and is adorned with over 100 rose bushes.

The Plaza Fountain is characteristic of fountains found in different areas throughout Spain. The arches over the fountain represent the architecture found at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. These designs celebrate the Spanish influence in northern New Mexico.

The position of City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Municipality incorporating the development and administration of all phases of the City of Española operations. The manager is directly responsible to the Mayor and City Council for the efficient operation of all City departments and functions. The City Manager shall enforce and carry out all ordinances, rules and regulations enacted by the Governing Body. In conjunction with the finance department, the City Manager is responsible for preparing and submitting an annual budget, with the approval of the Governing Body, to the Department of Finance and Administration. The City Manager is also responsible for the oversight and timely management of the annual audit process. The City Manager shall make recommendations to the Governing Body on all matters concerning the welfare of the municipality.

The Española Public Library endeavors to maintain and improve the quality of life for all citizens of our community by providing resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment in the most efficient manner possible. We especially recognize our responsibility to serve as a place for children to discover the joy of reading and the value of libraries.

We serve the northern part of the state as a State Depository for New Mexico State documents. It is our pride and pleasure to promote the use of these government supplied resources.

Española Municipal Court

Honorable Judge Stephen S. Salazar

Phone: (505) 747-6033 Fax: (505) 747-6049

Click here to find the Uniform Traffic Ordinance.

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all offenses and complaints under ordinances of the municipality. For violations, the municipal court can impose fines, fees, imprisonment, or other sanctions or penalties in accordance with the local ordinance.



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