Employee of the Month


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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
(559)782-7499
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City of Porterville

October 2013 Employee of the Month

Fernando Rios

Community Development Department

Assistant Planner, Community Development Department- Planning Division

Fernando was born and raised in the Porterville area, and is a graduate of Porterville High School. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Urban & Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona, Fernando returned to pursue his chosen profession with the City of Porterville, beginning as a Planning Technician in October 2008, and promoting to Assistant Planner in 2009. In 2011, he accepted an employment opportunity with CVMS, a local property preservation company. Fernando returned to the City of Porterville Planning Division as an Assistant Planner in December 2012.

Fernando is a valuable resource in the Planning Division, and is involved in nearly all current planning projects, as well as many long range planning efforts. Over the last year, the Community Development Department has experienced significant turn over due to retirements and other staff changes. Upon his return to the City, Fernando hit the ground running, helping to get projects processed and complete backlog due to the staff transitions. His attention to detail and considerate interpretation of the Development Ordinance is a resource to the entire team and the development community. Additionally, Fernando is integral to the success of the City’s Elderberry Mitigation site- spending many early mornings and hours of his own time walking the site to help improve the success rate of the mitigation plantings.

Fernando is active in his off-duty hours, and enjoys gardening, snowboarding, and running- he has finished five local 5Ks this year. He has a great sense of humor which everyone in the Community Development and Public Works Departments enjoys- often finding creative ways to motivate others to participate in the quarterly fitness incentive. Some might call it “trash talk”, but we call it encouraging exercise.

Fernando enjoys planning the future of his home town, where most of his family still resides.

Thank you, Fernando for all your hard work.

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