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City Government Responsibilities

The City of Belen is governed by a mayor-council form of government, which includes three branches of elected government: mayor, council and judge.

The mayor is responsible for daily oversight of city activity, staff and ordinances, along with an appointed city manager. The city council amends and approves ordinances, regulations, and policies consistent with the statutes of the State of New Mexico. The municipal judge hears court cases involving violations of city ordinances.

City government is made up of a number of commissions, boards and committees that provide recommendations to the mayor and city council from time to time. The City of Belen Planning and Zoning Commission, appointed by the mayor with approval of the city council, is a five-member board that assists the mayor and city council with short-term and long-range planning and development for the city, including administration of the city's zoning ordinances. 

All branches of city government work together to improve and grow the community as a whole.