The City of Fontana takes pride in employing over 1,200 exceptional individuals. Our employees truly make the City of Fontana a diverse and unique place to work. What better way to showcase their passions, talents and stories than with an Employee Spotlight? All awardees were nominated by co-workers. Get to know City employees below.
If you want to see what an "Employee Rockstar" looks like, stop by the Human Resources Department and ask for Taylor. As the Human Resources Technician, Taylor Starling is responsible for recruitment, new employee orientation, the City's Rideshare Program, and organizing the annual Employee Service Awards ceremony - all of which she does with the biggest smile and can-do attitude.
When it comes to traffic flow in Fontana, Supervising Traffic Systems Specialist Darrin Huggins is determined to make your trip from Point A to Point B as efficient and safe as possible. Darrin began his career with the Engineering Department nearly 20 years ago as a Traffic Signal Technician responding to calls about City traffic signals. Today, he leads the traffic signal maintenance team which conducts operations on 207 signalized intersections throughout Fontana.
As the Administrative Secretary with the Community Development Department, Maria Torres plays a critical role in keeping the department flowing smoothly. With her upbeat attitude, Maria provides her coworkers with administrative support and is always thinking outside the box to find more efficient processes to streamline services and centralize information for both staff and residents.
With limited time to prepare, the Information Technology Service Desk Team was tasked with determining how over 200 City of Fontana employees were going to work remotely due to the State of California's Stay At Home Executive Order. The team of six made it happen, all the while, continuing to provide technical assistance to over 1,000 employees. The Service Desk Team is comprised of Kurt Wagner, Jeffrey Saludares, DJ Johnson, Dylan Mansfield, and Marcus Valdivia, all led by the exceptional IT Support Supervisor.
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure Fontana maintains its standing as a financially strong City. As Accounting Manager, Fontana native Jennifer Thompson assists with keeping all of the City's finances on track. In her position, Jennifer oversees Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, and Special District Accounting for the City. "Myself and my team are what I like to refer to as Guardians of the General Ledger; our responsibility is to guard the City’s finances," explains Jennifer.
Senior Public Works Inspector Travis Robertson works to keep Fontana's infrastructure safe for residents by doing what he loves most, and that is using a critical eye to ensure all projects are the best that they can be. From utility projects to capital improvement projects, Travis and his fellow inspectors perform inspections on an array of projects occurring throughout the City.
A lot of work goes into planning freeway interchanges, just ask Transportation Engineering Manager, Kevin Ryan who worked alongside Caltrans and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) to ease the flow of traffic by bringing five interchanges to Fontana. These interchanges are just a few of the exciting high profile projects that Kevin has worked on as he approaches his 20-year anniversary with the City of Fontana.
Associate Planner Rina Leung is the friendly face behind many of Fontana's development projects. She strives to ensure that new developments are well-designed and will benefit Fontana residents. Rina has assisted with various projects, including the environmental clearance for the Beech Avenue Extension Project, Pacific Industrial Warehouse II project on Sierra Avenue and South Fontana Sports Park.
Volunteer, mentor and church group leader can be used to describe this City of Fontana Community Services Coordinator. For the past seven years, City of Fontana employee Felix Bobo has devoted himself to Fontana by serving as a coordinator for the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, youth group leader, and overseeing 14 after school program sites, all while maintaining a warm and welcoming personality.
Payroll is this City of Fontana employee’s passion. Payroll Coordinator Rita Coventry devotes herself in and out of work to educating her coworkers and community members on their paychecks, along with making sure everyone understands their taxes at the end of the year.