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New employees: Public Works staff

The city of Selma’s new Public Works staff includes Joseph Barela, Nester Galvan, Daniel Ragatz and Sylvia Luna. In rear, are Selma’s City Council members. Not picturted is Adrian Espitia.

SELMA – Selma has a number of new public works employees who were introduced by Department Supervisor Shane Ferrell at the Oct. 15 Selma City Council meeting.

Within this department is the parks division that handles the maintenance of 83 acres of parks and landscaped medians, 23 city buildings and six park shelters as well as all park recreation facilities and recreational lighting along with all irrigation systems.

The streets division maintains 75 miles of city streets and right-of-ways. They're responsible for the maintenance and installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, maintenance and repair of 40 miles of storm drain, including approximately 700 drain inlets/catch basins and 15 storm drain lift stations and eight retention ponds. They maintain and repair all city-owned street lighting and signalized intersections.

They also take care of the city’s traffic control devices, including street name signs, traffic signs, speed limit signs and pavement and curb markings. The division trims and/or removes street trees when required and sweeps over 320 curb miles per month.

The fleet services division, under the direction of the Public Works Department maintains a total of 263 pieces of stock, which includes all of the city’s small power equipment.

The Public Works Director also investigates and resolves public concerns. Contact them by phone at 891-2200, via email: or at egovlink:

Here are the new staff members:

Sylvia Luna: Luna is the new Public Works administrative assistant. She was born and raised in Selma and graduated from Selma High. She’s been married for 21 years and has four children.

Daniel Ragatz: Ragatz is a new street maintenance worker. He is married with three children and lives in Selma. He works on classic cars in his spare time.

Francisco Canela: Canela is a new parks maintenance worker. He is married with two children. He’s lived in Dinuba since he was 14 after emigrating from Mexico in 2002. He’s worked for the city of Selma for seven months already and looks forward to working here for many years.

Adrian Espitia: Espitia is married and has four children. His family means everything to him and in his spare time he creates tattoos. Art is one of his biggest hobbies. His career goal is to become a supervisor with the city.

Nester Galvan: Galvan is a new fleet mechanic. He is married with four children. He’s been a mechanic for 18 years. He graduated from Fresno City College with an Associate of Arts in automotive technology.

Joseph Barela: Barela is a new streets maintenance worker. He is married and has three children. Prior to working for Selma, he worked at Sun-Maid for 13 years. He’s a life-long resident of Selma and now that he’s working for the city, it’s given him that much more love for it, he said.

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