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It has been a long time coming, with subdivision growth continuing throughout Grant County, and now the county is finally moving to create a planning department.

Past County Manager, Jon Saari, said the county has discussed the issue for some time and began looking at hiring a planner while working on this year's fiscal budget.

"We looked at it with this last budget, but we could not afford to hire someone," he said.

Instead, the county has moved former Roads Superintendent Anthony Gutierrez into the position of planning director on what Saari is calling a six-month trial basis.

"The county has realized that a planning department is essential," he said. "Anthony is serving a six-month probationary period and is tasked with pulling the department together."

Saari said many of the needed offices already exist in the county there is are codes enforcement officer, a mapper and others, as well as the geographical information system used to map out areas of the county and define areas as private, public and their land-use restrictions.

Gutierrez has been with the county 10 years, eight of those as roads superintendent and two as an engineering/planning technician.
photo and copy courtesy Silver City Sun-News

Grant County Planning Department:

Anthony Gutierrez, Director
Phone: 575-574-0007

Angela Castillo, IT Coordinator
Phone: 575-574-0017

Alisha Esquivel, Planning Specialist/Rural Addressing
Phone: 575-574-0066

Ray Castillo, Title Examiner/Ordinance Officer
Phone: 575-574-0018

Gilbert Helton, Code Enforcement/Emergency Manager
Phone: 575-574-0065

Daniel Arrey, Digital Mapping Technician
Phone: 575-574-0037

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