Mayor Paula Medina
Mayor Medina was born and raised in the town of La Jara. She gratuated high school and moved to Denver. She and her husband traveled the United States and eventually made the decision to move back to La Jara in hopes to raise their children in a small town environment like she was. She currently works as a programs manager/mediator for a local non-profit, the Center for Restoriative Programs. Her father and mother were always very active members of the community and always gave of thier time. When she moved back to La Jara she felt it was a very natural thing for her to start getting involved with the community. She volunteered for several programs that eventually branched out into her becomming a board member for other non-profits. Her husband had seved as a Trustee for La Jara and that is how she got interested in becomming a member herself. Medina served as Mayor Pro Tem with the Town of La Jara. She appreciates the support of the citizens of La Jara, and hopes to serve them well and with good intentions as the first newly elected mayor.
Pro Tem Austin Valdez
Trustee Valdez has been a resident of La Jara for 54 years. He attednded La Jara Elementary, then Centauri Jr. High, and Graduated at Centauri High Scool. He worked in the North Conejos shools as a school bus technician. He then became a transportation director and retired after 34 years with the school district. He became a Trustee to help the community, and see what he could do to help better the Town of La Jara.