Employee of the Month

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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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City of Porterville

January 2011 Employee of the Month

Lt. Robert Blankenship

Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Acting Lieutenant Robert Blankenship as the Employee of the Month for January 2011.

Lieutenant Blankenship has served in law enforcement for over 33 years, beginning his career with the communities of Farmersville and Kingsburg.  He was hired as a police officer for the City of Porterville in August 1979.

Bob has worked in virtually every capacity within the police department; serving in the Patrol Division as an officer and later as a supervisor.  He has worked as a narcotics detective, also serving on the county-wide taskforce known as INET (the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team).  Bob received numerous recognitions from State and Federal authorities because of his efforts in combating illegal drug activities in our community.

Bob has twice been recognized as Police Officer of the Year: in 1984 and again in 1996 for the exemplary work he performed each and every day.

Bob has been a part of the Traffic Unit off and on for most of his career.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1998, and for the past three years has supervised the Traffic Unit. Bob has authored and overseen several of the traffic grants that the police department has received to assist in impacting traffic-related issues in our community.

One of the behind-the-scenes efforts that Bob is responsible for is the coordination of special events.  Each year there are several events our community celebrates that require special effort and detail from numerous resources.  Within the police department, it is Bob who coordinates the Veterans’ Day, Christmas, and Cinco de Mayo Parades, the Porterville Fair, graduations of Porterville, Monache, and Granite Hills High Schools, along with other events.

In 2010, Bob was involved in each of the aforementioned events, in addition to coordination of the AMGEN Bike Race that came through the city of Porterville.  In November, Bob was the City of Porterville representative who coordinated the City’s efforts in honoring fallen soldier Brett Land during his funeral service and scheduling and coordinating one of the largest processions occurring in our city’s history.

Bob has been a model employee for over 30 years for the City of Porterville and, because of his vast experience and knowledge, he was recently selected to fill the vacancy of Police Lieutenant within the police department, and now serves as the night watch commander for the department in that capacity.

Bob has been married to Wendy for almost three years and they have a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Sophie. Bob loves riding his Harleys and spending vacations at his home in Montana.



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