A competent, compassionate conservative for Las Cruces City Council
William J. Beerman
Why I'm Running
“RAMPANT” An investigative report commissioned by the New Mexico State Auditor, released in December 2020, stated:
“Violations of laws, regulations and City policy were rampant within City management. We recommend the City provide training to elected officials and management not only on laws, regulations and policies, but also on fraud prevention and detection.”
The city fired a city auditor and accounting and purchasing managers and had to pay more than $1.4 million to settle their subsequent lawsuits. If you elect me – a former certified internal auditor -- to be your eyes, ears, and voice as a City Councilor with access to inside information, the politicians will not be able to fire ME! I will provide regular reports to you, my constituents, while making informed and well-reasoned decisions on matters that are important to all of us.
William and Martha Del Avellano Beerman discuss opportunities to improve the government of the City of Las Cruces with Isabella Solis, left, the Chair of the Hispanic Conservatives Outreach Committee and a
former Dona Ana County Commissioner. (Photo by Ash Soular)
Belgian Malinois Joey has much sharper eyes and ears and a much keener nose than William. But Joey can’t talk. If you elect William to the Las Cruces City Council, he will be your watchdog at City Hall – your eyes, ears, nose, AND voice. (Photo by Ash Soular)
MY KNOWLEDGE OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Very little news comes out of Las Cruces City Hall that doesn’t remind me of something I’ve
seen in the past during my career in some way, shape, or form. Because of insights I acquired
from my experience, some actions by City Council prompt me to wonder what might be going
on behind the scenes, and whether the City could do better.
News professional covering municipal governments
As a full-time, old-school, news man working long hours day-in, day-out for 8
years, including a year as managing editor of a small daily newspaper, I covered
numerous municipal governments in Pennsylvania, from tiny Whitaker Borough
Council to Pittsburgh City Council.
I worked for 2 years as the only white reporter for the black newspaper, New
Later, I wrote hundreds of byline stories, mostly about various municipal
governments, as a part-timer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, South Jersey edition.
Certified Internal Auditor
I reviewed hundreds of audit findings about various types of mismanagement of
Chairman of the Las Cruces Capital Improvement Advisory Committee
I served on the committee for 4 years, observing from the inside, the city’s
handling of development-related issues, costs, and fees, particularly impact fees
imposed on builders and developers. Shortly after being elected chairman in
2019, I resigned, telling the Mayor the committee had become a sham and a
waste of my time. This was after the city told its paid expert consultant to rewrite
the consultant’s report to drastically reduce the consultant’s recommended
impact fee to be levied on builders and developers. This was detrimental to the ordinary taxpayers, who now must make up the loss in revenue.
MY INVOLVEMENT WITH CIVIC AFFAIRS
I founded the Northeast Foothills Neighborhood Association, along with my Mexican-American spouse of 30 years, El Paso High grad Martha Del Avellano Beerman, and two former neighbors. We built it to a peak active membership of about 60 households.
I sued the Dona Aña County Assessor over the notorious Tax Lightning Law, resulting in State District Court Judge Manuel I. Arrieta declaring the New Mexico real estate tax law to be partially unconstitutional.
I sued the City twice over the Mayor’s threatened reopening of Indian Hollow Road, as the City attempted to renege on its promise to close the road as a condition of a rezoning at Indian Hollow and East Lohman Avenue. The closure keeps more than 1,000 cars a day from cutting through residential streets
Part of our blended Hispanic-Anglo Family of three generations! We live and learn and grow over the decades. Insets, from left, Martha’s father, Abel Del Avellano; Martha as a young graduate of El Paso High School; and William and Martha with their two youngest (of five) children, William Jr., left, and Steven Glica, at the Jersey shore in 1989. Large photo, Steven, all grown up, with his bride Alexandra Marsch Glica, and Martha and William.
Bachelors, Journalism, Penn State, 1970
Masters, Library Science and Information Studies, Drexel University, 1998
21 credits of accounting- and auditing-related courses at Camden County College.
(Photo by Ash Soular)
I worked the night shift for 8 years in the basement of the Pentagon as a civilian editor for the Nation’s morning military intelligence report. In 2004 and 2005, I deployed as a Defense Intelligence Agency civilian to the Mideast for 6 months to oversee a team producing intelligence reports from captured Iraqi documents