Moreno Valley City Clerk Pat Jacquez-Nares is all about efficiency.
Over the last 20 years, she has gathered public service experience in cities across Southern California.
She began her career in the City of Santa Ana where she worked as a receptionist for the Planning and Building Division for a brief time before being promoted to Senior Deputy Clerk of Council.
Pat also held positions in the City of Westminster, and worked as the City Clerk and Election Official for the Cities of Grand Terrace and La Puente.
Pat’s wealth of knowledge and experience has resulted in overhauling numerous Clerk functions in the City of Moreno Valley, resulting in a more efficient democratic process. In Moreno Valley, she oversees the City Clerk functions as well as the City Council Offices, which provides invaluable support to City Councilmembers.
Pat grew up in El Paso, Texas, where she danced for her mother’s folklorico dance troop.
She enjoys volunteering with non-profit women’s organizations, and watching football.
Don’t bother her when the Oakland Raiders are playing. Wait until halftime. Trust us on this one.
Manuel Mancha is a seasoned professional who brings a wide breadth of municipal experience and leadership to his position as Director of Community Development. With more than 30 years of community development and planning work under his belt, Manny is well prepared to lead Moreno Valley through the comprehensive update of its General Plan, the City’s guiding document that spells out where various kinds of development can take place and what infrastructure is needed to support it. He also brings experience leading related departments and divisions including Building, Housing, Economic Development and Code Enforcement. His expertise has helped develop the Southern California cities of Montebello, El Monte and Pomona, and all that extensive experience is now in service to the City of Moreno Valley.
Manny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning from Cal Poly Pomona.
INTERIM CITY MANAGER AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Mike Lee knows business. And businesses know Mike Lee.
Since 2015, Mike has been bragging to businesses about Moreno Valley like a proud grandparent pulling out a stack of wallet-sized photos of the grandkids.
When it comes to Moreno Valley there is a lot to brag about.
Thanks to Mike’s efforts as our Economic Development Director, Fortune 500 and international companies have flocked to Moreno Valley, and so have thousands of jobs.
His work isn’t just putting people to work where they live. He’s helping to build the workforce of the future.
And he’s doing it with innovative partnerships between the City, our educational partners and our business community.
For more than two decades, Mike has been building those relationships, one cup of green tea at a time.
A native of Taiwan, Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Administration.
He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons: Ryan, a sophomore at the University of California, Irvine, and Alex, a high school junior.
A self-proclaimed news junkie, Mike often knows what is hot off the presses before the news even gets to the presses. He’s a devoted ‘80s music fan, an avid art collector, and there are rumors he likes camping on the beach, although we’ve yet to see photographic evidence.
If he does manage to go on vacation, we know he’ll be bragging about Moreno Valley to anyone standing still.
ACTING ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER/CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER/CITY TREASURER
Brian has worked in municipal finance for almost 20 years and enjoys being a public servant. Prior to joining the City of Moreno Valley, Brian worked for the City of Rialto for more than 10 years and San Bernardino County Retirement Association (SBCERA) for more than six years.
Prior to becoming Acting Assistant City Manager, Brian served as the Financial Resources Division Manager for the City of Moreno Valley. In this capacity, Brian administered the City’s General Fund budget of $116.7 million and the overall budget of over $238 million.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
Brian is passionate about embracing community and business partnerships and relationships and strives to build on existing and future innovative and educational ideas to build long-lasting relationships which will help the City evolve.
On a personal note, he and his wife Paula enjoy traveling, concerts, experimenting with food of different cultures and spending time with their family, especially the dogs and cat. An avid film and music junkie – ask Brian a question and he’s sure to answer (challenge on!). Brian also loves golf and enjoys hiking local City trails. Also, a sports fan of NASCAR, Formula 1, tennis, football and soccer, which he played and coached for many years.
They have four children, Hannah, Amanda, Sam and Haley, and two grandchildren, Brett and Kennedy.
Moreno Valley Fire Chief Abdul Ahmad has been putting out fires since 1989.
Chief Ahmad joined the fire service as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Colton Fire Department in 1989. A year later he joined the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department as a Fire Apparatus Engineer.
He was named Moreno Valley’s Fire Marshal in 2003, and was promoted to the City’s Fire Chief in 2012.
While he was scrambling up the ranks, Chief Ahmad was named Moreno Valley’s 2006 Firefighter of the Year.
Chief Ahmad served his country as a proud member of the United States Air Force, where he served as a medic in the emergency department for a designated trauma center, and as a paramedic for ambulance response in San Antonio, Texas.
He has instructed emergency medical workers in Texas, California, and the United Kingdom.
When it comes to treating the injured and the sick, technical proficiency is a must. But for Chief Ahmad, compassion and respect are just as important.
As our Fire Chief, he oversees a complex network of firefighters and paramedics, fire prevention staff, and the City’s Emergency Operations Center. From fire prevention to natural disaster management and recovery, Chief Ahmad has Moreno Valley covered.
He has a vested interest in the City – and keeping it safe. He and his family have called Moreno Valley home since 2001.
When he isn’t putting out fires or training first responders to respond with skill – and heart – he’s enjoying spending time with his grandchildren, freshwater fishing and target shooting.
Parks & Community Services Director Patti Solano is a purist.
At least when it comes to cupcakes.
That’s why she uses a barometer of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting in her pursuit of the perfect cupcake.
She’s still searching.
That pursuit of perfection is apparent in how Patti manages our Parks & Community Services Department.
A convert from state worker to local government, Patti has spent her 23-year career setting the bar high for every position she has held. She sets the bar high for her employees too – and makes sure they have the skills and the support they need to easily clear the bar and then sets it even higher.
Parks make life better – and Patti makes Parks better.
Patti led her team to five California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) awards in five years. In 2017 she was awarded the national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity for her dedication to providing healthy programs and activities to the community.
Patti doesn’t believe in telling people what they need to be healthy; she listens to what they tell her they need.
A close relationship with community-based and grassroots organizations works. G.R.A.C.E., the successful gang intervention program she co-authored, is a testament to just that.
A graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, Patti is married to her husband Joe. They have three daughters, a son, one granddaughter, and two big dogs her daughters call Patti’s “replacement children.”
When she’s not searching for the perfect vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting, Patti is hitting the open road on spontaneous road trips with the Dave Matthews Band blaring to find restaurants featured in Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Moreno Valley Police Chief John Salisbury, appointed in December 2019, served at Moreno Valley for seven years early in his career.
Salisbury, who since 2016 led the San Jacinto Sheriff's Station, served at Moreno Valley from 1998-2005, including as a patrol deputy and for five years as a member of Special Enforcement Team (SET) focusing on gang-related crime. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005. As a sergeant he worked assignments in Hemet and the San Jacinto Valley, on the Gang Task Force, and in Sheriff's Administration and Corrections.
In 2014, Salisbury was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to the Corrections Division and the Supervised Electronic Confinement Program. He was promoted to captain in 2019.
Michael Wolfe is not just an engineer. He’s our engineer.
From Principal Civil Engineer to Water Manager and Public Works Director, Michael has had his fair share of titles – and business cards. That’s what happens when you have spent the last 22 years in the public and private sector perfecting the art of engineering.
His wide-ranging expertise has helped transform the landscapes of the cities of Orange, Yorba Linda and Huntington Beach, along with the County of Orange at John Wayne Airport, which serves more than 10 million annual passengers.
Since 2017, Michael has served as Moreno Valley’s Director of Public Works and City Engineer, busy transforming Moreno Valley, one mile of asphalt at a time.
The roads our residents take to work and school are smoother, traffic signals have more integration, and more residents and businesses are rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to Keep Moreno Valley Beautiful. This has happened under Michael’s watch.
There is more to Michael than just applied mathematics and designing and building things.
He walked on to the University of Southern California basketball team, where he played guard for Los Angeles’s second-favorite basketball team from 1993-1995. USC didn’t just issue Michael a jersey; he holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
He’s set foot in 19 countries - and not on vacation.
Michael is a patriot. He spent eight years protecting our freedoms while a member of the United States Navy. As a company commander in a Seabee Battalion, he helped strengthen America’s military bases.
“Can Do!” isn’t just the Seabees’ motto, it’s Michael’s motto.