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

July 2019 Employee of the Month

Fortino Barrios

Finace Department


Fortino Barrios began his career with the City of Porterville on January 16, 2013. He was initially hired as a part time Meter Reader, but quickly promoted to full time in November of the same year.

Fortino is responsible for a variety of tasks that are to be completed in a timely manner. He reads hundreds of meters on his assigned routes daily, inputting all of the data into his handheld device, which he later downloads for future billing. He also notes and reports meter malfunctions, enforces the City’s water conservation plan and checks for water leaks and evidence of tampering and broken meters. Fortino patiently responds to customer complaints and questions regarding water usage and meter functions. Once a week, when the Finance Department performs their delinquent payment shut offs, he will disconnect and reconnect customer services based on a list provided to him. Fortino spends the majority of his work day outdoors, and actually relishes working in the extreme heat or extreme cold.

Fortino was born and raised in Porterville; a 2003 graduate of Granite Hills High School. One of his favorite aspects of his job is that he is able to be of service to the community that he resides in. He also appreciates that his position allows him to stay in shape for all of his many hobbies. Fortino is an avid hunter and fisherman, who enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping completely off the grid. He also enjoys woodworking, landscaping, renovating his Jeep, painting and cooking for his family, friends and co-workers. Fortino enjoys spending quality time with his spouse, Shande Brown, their two sons, Trey and Gage, ages 7 and 5, and their niece, Kiley, age 12.

Fortino possesses a positive attitude and cheery disposition; always ready and willing to lend a hand to those in need. He prides himself on being the type of employee that co-workers or customers would enjoy working or dealing with. Thank you, Fortino, for your continued service to the City and congratulations for being chosen as our Employee of the Month for July 2019!




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