Speakers Bureau

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There’s a lot going on at the City of Redlands and we have a wealth of talented staff available to speak to your Service Club or Civic Organization.

A list of some of the staff and topics is available below. If you have a topic of interest in an area of municipal government that is not listed, contact us. Chances are we have someone with the knowledge and expertise to speak about it to your group.

To arrange for a speaker from the City of Redlands to address your group, contact Public Information Officer Carl Baker at (909) 798-7633 or by email at cbaker@cityofredlands.org

Redlands Police Department

Speakers:

  • Police Chief Chris Catren
  • Deputy Chief Travis Martinez
  • Deputy Chief Mike Reiss
  • Commander Rachel Tolber
  • Commander Stephen Crane
  • Officer Mazi Shahabi

Topics:

  • Crime and Public Safety
  • Community Policing
  • Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft
  • Never Alone: Safely Back Home
  • Leveraging Technology in Law Enforcement
  • K9
  • General Policing Q & A

Municipal Utilities and Engineering

Speaker:

  • Director John R. Harris

Topics:

  • Street Pavement Management System
  • Non-Motorized Connectivity Plan (Pedestrian, Trail and Bicycle Mobility Program)
  • Flood Control Master Plans and Impacts to the Downtown
  • Public Infrastructure Planning and Implementation
  • Water Conservation and Best Management Practices
  • Water History and Water Supply
  • Water and Wastewater Regulatory Compliance
  • Wastewater Collection and Treatment
  • Tours of the Water and Wastewater treatment plants are available to your Service Club

Redlands Fire Department

Speakers:

  • Interim Fire Chief Rich Sessler  
  • Fire Marshal Chris Jensen 
  • BC Nathan Bristol 
  • BC Dave Ketcherside 
  • EMS Coordinator Carly Crews 
  • Emergency Operations Specialist Esther Martinez 

Topics:

  • Fire Department General Information & Service Provided 
  • Weed Abatement  
  • Home and Business Fire Prevention 
  • Ready, Set, Go! Your Personal Wildfire Action Plan 
  • Emergency Medical Services (High Performance CPR, Hands Only CPR) 
  • Fire Explorer Program / Careers in the Fire Service  
  • Emergency Management  
    • Disaster Preparedness  
    • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)  
    • RECG (Redlands Emergency Communication Group) 

Development Services Department

Speakers:

  • Director Brian Desatnik
  • Planning Manager Brian Foote
  • Economic Development Manager Cruz Esparza

Topics:

  • Development Process
  • Citywide Development Update
  • Downtown Development
  • Approval Process for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) (2nd units on residential lots)
  • Affordable Housing
  • Redevelopment and Economic Development

Facilities & Community Services

Speaker:

  • Director Chris Boatman

Topics:

  • Overview of the Facilities and Community Services Department
  • Focus on Sustainability
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management

Management Services/Finance Department

Speaker:

  • Director Danielle Garcia

Topic:

  • City Budget

A.K. Smiley Public Library/Watchorn Lincoln Memorial Shrine

Speakers:

  • Director Don McCue
  • Archivist Nathan Gonzales
  • Pam Karr, Youth Services Coordinator
  • Diane Shimota, Adult Literacy Coordinator
  • Katherine Gifford
  • Friends of the Library

Topics:

  • Local History
  • Southern California History
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • The Civil War
  • Children’s Literature
  • Adult Literacy

Human Resources Department

Speaker:

  • Assistant Director/Risk Management Tommi Ng
  • Human Resources Manager Liz Marin
  • Senior Human Resources Analyst/Volunteer Coordinator Betty Ordaz

Topics:

  • Volunteer Program
  • Employment Opportunities/Recruitment

City Manager

Speaker:

  • Charlie Duggan

Topic:

  • Overview and Current Issues in the City