Kerry Simpson, Neighborhood Services Manager
I have been in the field of enforcement since I was 18. I started as a welfare fraud officer in London, England and became a credit card fraud investigator when I moved to the United States in 1986. I started working in Code Enforcement in 1992 when I was hired by the City of San Jose. I have managed a code enforcement program for the past 12 years and took on the challenge of managing animal services six years ago. I have a bachelors degree in Business Management and am a graduate of the institute of Continuing Education of Public Officials (CEPO) and Leadership Rancho Cordova. I am also a certified mediator and trainer.
I oversee all the code enforcement and animal services activities. I enjoy attending outreach events in order to educate residents of all ages.
I have never worked for a government agency that is so cutting edge. Staff at all levels of the organization are encouraged to be innovative and look at new and efficient ways of doing things. Some of the programs that were born through innovation that I am most proud of is Growing Strong Neighborhoods, the Rental Housing Inspection Program and Civic Engagement.
I have many wonderful memories of the City of Rancho Cordova. I am proud of all the events that staff puts on or assist with including the air show, the fifth birthday parties, Kids Day in the Park and iFest to name a few. I have very fond memories of Christmas in Cordova. This program started out as a small event on a street corner in the Croetto/Woodbury community. This annual event now services hundreds of families, providing toys (wrapped by volunteers), a visit with Santa and a Holiday Food Box. Code Enforcement staff barbecued 3000 hot dogs for participants this year. As usual my family was encouraged to participate and had just as much fun as the families that were serviced.
Every day I come to work, I feel bless and honored to serve the residents of the city of Rancho Cordova. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us. If we can’t assist you directly, we can usually find someone who can.
Jessica Crone, Management Technician
Before starting my venture with the City of Rancho Cordova I worked at a billing company for 7 years. Once I had my fill of crunching numbers for a while, I had the chance to work at a luxury pet hotel in Sacramento. I worked the graveyard shift & accommodated anywhere from 180 to 250 pet guests on a nightly basis.
In 2007, I saw the Neighborhood Services job posting & thought it would be a great opportunity to continue working with animals & provide a great service to the community. I have since processed over 10,000 pet licenses, assisted with over 5,000 cases, & answered too many phone calls to count.
I truly enjoy serving the residents of Rancho Cordova. Being that I am the second generation of my family to grow up in Rancho Cordova, working here & giving back to the community is very important to me. I always say it is a perfect fit for a hometown girl.
My favorite memory while working for the City would have to be the first Picnic in the Park event with Mayor Sander. It is a special memory for me because my family was there to support our efforts & my husband cooked a few hundred hot dogs for the residents. It felt great to participate in a fun filled evening & meet the citizens.
Heather Cook, Customer Service Representative
I have worked the last 19 years as a Customer Service Representative for various companies here in Rancho Cordova.
While I have enjoyed every place I have worked, I was looking for a career, not just a job. I saw the opportunity for the Customer Service Representative position with the City of Rancho Cordova and knew I wanted to be a part of a growing community and wonderful organization. By far, that was the best decision I have ever made!
I have the pleasure of talking to many of our residents on a daily basis. At times it is just an inquiry and others it's helping with animal licensing or general nuisance calls. It is such a rewarding feeling to be able to help the community in which I was born and raised.
My favorite memory thus far would have to be helping with Christmas in Cordova. Seeing hundreds of families in need during the holiday season and getting the opportunity to make the slightest difference in someone's life has been so rewarding. This truly is an amazing city, not only work for but to live in as well. The culture the City has is one I am proud to be a part of.
Krystle Judish, Animal Services Officer
I worked as a dispatcher and Administrative Assistant for 6 years dispatching non-emergency and emergency calls relating to street lighting and traffic signals. I worked closely with multiple Government agencies and the general public on a daily basis and assisted our Project Manager and field staff with any administrative duties that were needed.
I was hired as a contract employee with the City of Rancho Cordova for 6 months and interviewed for a full time position with Neighborhood Services and got the job! I was a Customer Service Representative for Neighborhood Services for just over a year and found a career with Animal Services. I am now an Animal Services Officer and enjoy helping the many critters in the community and our residents.
My favorite event in Rancho Cordova is attending the California Capital Airshow every year. It is a tradition with my family and we love the excitement that the show brings to this community. I also enjoy the many parks and bike trails the community has to offer. I was born and raised in Rancho Cordova so it has been exciting to watch this City grow over the years and continue to expand and bring new development.
Krista Stover, Code Enforcement Officer
I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University of Sacramento. I started my career in Law Enforcement with the Sacramento County Probation Department and worked there for 8 years. Although I enjoyed my job very much, I felt a change was needed. I wanted to stay in Law Enforcement so after hearing about the open position with Code Enforcement I applied. That was the best decision I have made. Working for The City of Rancho Cordova is great. I look forward to coming to work every day and helping out the community and residents in any way possible.
Scott Sparks, Code Enforcement Officer
I started my career in public service when I joined the Air Force in 1983 and served a 6 year enlistment as a military policeman. Since then I have had the pleasure to work in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff, animal control officer and most recently I spent 7 years in service to Placer County as a Code enforcement officer.
With good fortune I now have the opportunity to help continue the good work of the city of Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Services in the position of Code Enforcement Officer. My responsibilities include helping to provide a better quality of life in our neighborhoods and business communities by enforcing local laws and ordinances, while establishing close relationships and partnerships with its citizens and business owners.
The best part about working for the city is how involved both the citizens and government are in making this a great place to live and work. Rancho Cordova is a place where you know you are part of the process. All you need to do is “step – up”, and the people and government in this community will listen and act.
My best memory with the City is walking through the door on my first day. Everyone I met was so supportive and positive; that first day “jitters’ that you normally get were wiped away. I could tell from then on I was going to have a great experience here, and I haven’t been disappointed.
Ryan Taylor, Neighborhood Services Supervisor
Brief past work history: Construction, Seasonal Farming, Paving & Grading Construction, United States Army, Cavalry Scout & Combat Engineer, Wildland Fire Fighter for United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service
As the Neighborhood Services Supervisor, I serve the citizens of the City of Rancho Cordova by responding to unsafe housing conditions that may result in a fire or other life threatening safety hazards for the occupant. We enforce housing standards, zoning codes, and municipal codes to remove blighted conditions from the community which enhances neighborhoods, preserves housing stock, and promotes positive growth within the City.
The City of Rancho Cordova is a family oriented Employer who is focused on community needs and I enjoy being a part of that.
My best memory while working for the City would be during the City’s 5 year Anniversary Party’s where I was able to meet many of the community leaders and citizens of this great City.
Junior Lee, Code Enforcement Officer
My brief past work history: Seasonal Fire Fighter for 3 years with Cal Fire, Police Officer for 9 years with the City of Oroville and 1 year with PMC.
Services I provide for Rancho Cordova residents, general Code Enforcement
I enjoy the culture of the City.
My best memory while working for the City, helping a 90 year old Veteran find housing.
Michael Rodriguez, Code Enforcement & Animal Services Officer
I’ve been employed in the Animal Services profession since 1978 with the City and County of Santa Barbara, the County of Placer and the County of Stanislaus. In 2005, I started my own consulting business that involved evaluating Government Services and one of my contracted agreements was with the City of Rancho Cordova to assist in developing and deploying an Animal Service program. While involved with the City as a contracted employee it became very easy to want to be part of the great working atmosphere the City provides so I was offered an opportunity to work with Neighborhood Services and I’ve never looked back.
As a Code Enforcement Officer I have a broad range of issues that involve housing, zoning, health and safety, and public nuisance laws that affect the communities of Rancho Cordova and allow neighborhoods to become safer, healthier, friendly and a desired area to live and operate a business. Also, part of the time I cover for Animal Services which allows me to keep my skills current.
I’m enjoying the view from the window of watching the City transform into a wonderful place and the challenges of being part of this process.
So far my best memory has been the everyday challenges, because every day is different, and the staff I work side by side with are the best at what they do.
Walid Shah, Code Enforcement Officer
I received my Bachelors of Science degree in criminal justice from California State university of Sacramento. I started my career in Code enforcement with Sacramento County for 2 years. I got hired on with the city of Rancho Cordova code enforcement. That was the best decision I have made. The best part of my job is helping others.
Keith Boucher, Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector
I have been in the construction industry for over 25 years as a framing and general contractor. I’m a licensed general plumbing and carpentry contractor, as well as a licensed home inspector. I spent 2 years as a construction defect investigator and expert witness. I’ve worked for and with many building department jurisdictions as a certified Building Inspector, plans examiner and plumbing inspector.
I live in Nevada City with my wife and 2 kids. I got into Code Enforcement because I wanted the chance to work closer to the residents in a position where I could help the community. I feel blessed to be a part of a great organization such as Neighborhood Services. The new Rental House Inspection program is doing great things for the City. Rancho Cordova has become a second hometown. I truly enjoy working here and interacting with the community. I look forward to being a part of this great city for decades to come.
Russell Ducharme, Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector