LEMOORE — The city of Lemoore has appointed an interim public works director - Frank Rivera - and he brings many years of experience, 28 years to be exact, to the job.
“We’ve had a lot of new guys, I think I’m one of the older ones,” Rivera said. “There are only probably two guys here that have been here more than 20 years, so, I’m one of the last of that bunch.”
Some of Rivera’s positions with the city have included being building inspector, building official and construction superintendent. He has been in charge of annual fire inspections for the schools and other buildings, code enforcement and overseeing new construction projects.
In fact, Nathan Olson said when he went from public works director to interim city manager last week, he did not hesitate to say, “Frank can do this job,” when he was asked who would take over the department.
Olson said Rivera is not only qualified, but has a vast knowledge of planning, building and the entire public works department. He said it’s a “blessing” to have Rivera on staff and was the “natural No. 2 guy” when Olson created his succession plan.
“I have full confidence he can pull this off,” Olson said.
Rivera said he appreciates Olson’s confidence in him and his ability to run the public works department. Along with still being the building official, the interim public works director position will add a few more duties to Rivera’s growing list.
He will now have to attend the city council meetings twice a month and prepare staff reports and oversee day-to-day public works operations, including landscape and lighting maintenance districts, refuse, water, wastewater, streets, and capital improvement plans and projects.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and serving the city of Lemoore to the best of my abilities,” Rivera said. “I’m excited.”
There is no shortage of projects on Rivera’s plate; the start of summer means the start-up of wells and water demand, the department is in the middle of improving the city’s water and wastewater systems, Fox Street is currently in the process of remediation by removing damage-causing trees and fixing the sidewalk, and there are always inspections to do.
Rivera also said some subdivisions are coming up in the city and all the plans are being made and reviewed before developers get ready to start building homes. He said he anticipates about four new subdivisions to pop up in Lemoore by this summer.
As interim public works director, Rivera said he looks forward to meeting some of the newer employees and getting to know them so they can work together and do the best jobs they can for the city.
Rivera was born and raised in Hanford; he has been married to his wife, Kathy, for 30 years and they have two grown children and one granddaughter.