Commissioner Leon started his 2nd term on January 1, 2017. Some of the most notable projects Leon oversaw in his first term include the following:
Travel Disclosure Report, creating transparency in government travel.
I-Plow software for the County Clerk’s department, bringing the county revenue from unpaid fees.
- Make county government services accessible by having a satellite office at the Eastside Annex.
- Oversaw the completion of the El Paso County Sportspark.
- Proposed local preference legislation, to help keep money in El Paso.
- $8.5 million United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wastewater Project for the Desert Acceptance Community in 2017.
- Helped upgrade security at Ascarate when the discovery of alleged theft was uncovered.
- Supporting 381 Economic Development Agreements, to expand local business in El Paso.
- Working with Judiciary on Jury Duty attendance.
- County kiosks at satellite offices to better assist county residents.
- Commissioner Leon is currently the president for the Rio Grande Council of Governments and serves on statewide boards, the Texas Health and Human Services Committee and the Rio Grande Regional Review. Other boards he serves on are the El Paso Psychiatric Center, United Blood Services, Bail Bond, Juvenile Probation Department and the El Paso Fire Department Medical Advisory Committee.
On October 31, 2016, Commissioner Leon hosted the El Paso County Sportspark’s Inaugural Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween Night. It was a huge success, and we can’t wait to start planning for next year’s event. The kids had a safe environment where they could trick-or-trick while parents pass out candies from their trucks. The evening ended with a Disney movie and dinner provided by participating food trucks.
On December 14, 2016, Commissioner Leon and Harmony Public Schools collaborated to brighten the spirits of children by gifting jackets and toys to our local Annunciation House. It was definitely the highlight of our Holiday Season.
From the Office of County Commissioner Carlos Leon
Merry Christmas and Happy Year!
Source: El Paso Times
Commissioner Leon would like to take this opportunity to thank our great community for the support and generosity shown to Osdi Ramirez, who traveled 2000 miles with his father from Guatemala to El Paso in hopes of receiving treatment for a very serious heart condition. U.S. Customs and Border Protection allowed Osdi and his father to remain under “Temporary Asylum” for his medical attention. I understand that Osdi will be treated by renowned surgeons and we pray that he will recover and have a chance at life. Phone calls to help Osdi are still coming in and I cannot begin to express my sincere gratitude of our great El Paso community. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/2sesu7dk.
Commissioner Leon was first elected 2nd Vice-President of the Rio-Grande Council of Governments in 2015. When the 1st Vice-President opted out of the President seat, Commissioner Leon did not hesitate to step up to the plate. On September 9, 2016, Leon was elected as the new President of the Rio Grande Council of Governments.
Commissioner Carlos Leon Blood Drive
Partnering with District Attorney Jaime Esparza
‘Out for Blood for Our Community’
County Commissioner Carlos Leon will hold his 2nd Annual Blood Drive on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the El Paso County Courthouse located at 500 East San Antonio from 9:00am to 4:00pm and will continue at Fox Toyota of El Paso from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.
The Blood Drive will benefit United Blood Services, which supplies area hospitals with the lifesaving blood our community depends on. On August 26, 2009, Commissioner Leon depended on volunteer blood donors following a serious motorcycle accident in Mesilla, New Mexico, which nearly ended his life. After receiving several blood transfusions and underwent multiple surgeries, Commissioner Leon made a significant recovery, and today wants to give back to the community and help ensure there is blood available for those who need it.
WHO: Commissioner Carlos Leon and District Attorney Jaime Esparza
WHAT: 2nd Annual Commissioner Carlos Leon Blood Drive
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 9:00am - 4:00pm at the El Paso County Courthouse and 2:00pm – 7:00pm at Fox Toyota of El Paso
Commissioner Carlos Leon held his Precinct 1 community meeting at the El Paso County Eastside Annex on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. County Administrator, Betsy Keller, introduced herself to the community and spoke on several topics regarding El Paso County.
On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, El Paso County Commissioner Carlos Leon, Anthony Independent School District and the El Paso Sports Commission partner up to bring the Summer Food Service Program to the Coliseum. The program will run from July 12 to August 19, 2016. AISD will provide all food and materials Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Summer Food Service Program Description:
When school is not in session, the food service program provides children 18 and under with nutritious meals at no cost. The Texas and United States Department of Agriculture administer these Child Nutrition Programs for Texas through sponsor-partnerships with community groups, public agencies, parks-recreation, faith-based organizations and businesses.
El Paso County Commissioner Carlos Leon, Public Works and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a community meeting at the Montana Vista Fire Rescue at 13978 Montana on Thursday, May 26, 2016. State Director Paco Valentin presented Commissioner Leon with a plaque recognizing the funding ($8.5 million) for the upcoming Water and Waste Disposal Grant estimated to begin in November 2016.
Wastewater Project Description:
El Paso County and the USDA are extending wastewater service to the Desert Acceptance (Square Dance) neighborhood located on the far eastside of El Paso. This neighborhood does not have existing public wastewater services, and are currently using the disposal of wastewater via individual septic tanks. The proposed wastewater collection system will provide residents with wastewater services and reconnect with existing wastewater systems in the surrounding area. Project stakeholders include the County of El Paso, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD), El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU), and property owners located within the Square Dance neighborhood.
Commissioner Leon presented Principal Boyd with a resolution on May 23, 2016 for her acknowledgment as the 2016 Texas National Distinguished Principal of the Year award. Dana Boyd has been a distinguished leader for the Ysleta Independent School District and the proud principal at East Point Elementary for the past five years.
Principal Boyd, an educator for 17 years and a former Texas Teacher of the Year has been named the 2016 National Distinguished Principal for the state of Texas. Mrs. Boyd prevailed over eight finalists from around the state for this prestigious award by remaining a strong candidate through a challenging competition, and will represent Texas at the National Distinguished Principals program in Washington D.C. this coming October. The National Distinguished Principals program honors principals who demonstrate exemplary character and provide exceptional quality of the education to children throughout the school year.
Congratulations Principal Boyd!
On May, 21, 2016, Commissioner Carlos Leon, El Paso County Public Works, CDA Architects, contractor Jordan Foster and the residents of El Paso came out to celebrate the much anticipated grand re-opening of the County Sportspark.
On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Commissioner Carlos Leon spoke on the importance of high quality affordable healthcare at the Topping-Out Ceremony for UMC’s Neighborhood Healthcare Center-East located in Precinct 1 on 1500 Joe Battle (southwest corner of Vista del Sol and Joe Battle).
On Monday, April 4, 2016, Commissioner Leon welcomed Tropical Smoothie Cafe to their 1st El Paso location on 1513 North Zaragoza. Congratulations!
Commissioner Carlos Leon had the privilege of being Eastwood High School’s Principal of the Day on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Commissioner Leon wants to thank the staff and students for a warm welcome, thank you Troopers!
On March 21, 2016 Commissioner Leon and the court recognized head coach Anthony Carter who led the Lady Knights Girls Wrestling team to a new record in the Texas University Interscholastic League Girls State Tournament by winning with 175.5 points. The Lady Knights clinched their third straight title in the 5A state tournament in Cypress, Texas on February 21, 2016. Hanks High School seized the previous state record when they won their second title with 154 points. The Lady Knights were victorious in the District 2-5A title and the Class 5A Region I title in the 2016 season. Congratulations Lady Knights!
Located on the far Eastside of El Paso, the Sportspark is merely days away from completion. Commissioner Leon, El Paso County department heads and Jordan Foster attended the final walk-thru before unveiling the beautiful completed park to all El Paso residents. Commissioner Leon states, “our constituents deserve and now have the finest Sportspark in the region.” The Sportspark is a vital sports center in El Paso as it holds competitive sports leagues for athletes of all ages, and Leon could not be more proud to house this center in Precinct 1.
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