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Jorgensen hired as Manteca’s director of city engineering
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Manteca has made progress plugging vacancies in mid-management, making another permanent department head appointment, and settling with former employees that have filed claims for additional compensation after they left municipal employment.

Kevin Jorgensen was named Director of Engineering. Jorgenson is a professional civil engineer and land surveyor with over 20 years of experience in the public sector. He has worked for the City of Manteca for six years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a license as a Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor. His experience covers managing large-scale public improvement projects, including commercial/residential/industrial developments.

His appointment leaves only three senior management posts vacant. They include the city manager, assistant city manager, finance director, and fire chief.

The City Council agreed to resolve financial claims Kyle Shipherd made after retiring as fire chief in January to cap a 24-year career with the city.

Dave Marques is current serving as interim fire chief.  

Stephen Schluer was promoted to Police Captain.  Schuler has been with the City of Manteca since 1987 and has steadily advanced from his original position of a Manteca Police cadet.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government, and serves as the Vice President for Manteca Unified School District.   

Schuler will oversee the police department’s Operations Division, which includes oversight of all uniform police personnel such as patrol, traffic unit, community resource officers, SWAT, hostage negotiations team and community service officers.  

Gregg Beall has been promoted to police lieutenant. Beall has worked for the City of Manteca for 22 years and started as a Police Officer. Beall has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management and is a US Navy veteran who served in two South American deployments. He has an extensive background in the rendering of explosive devices, gang suppression, and serves on the city’s Homelessness Resources Team.

In his new role of police lieutenant Beall will be working closely with the patrol operations. He has been instrumental in assisting the all City departments with his drone experience. Beall also has his remote pilot license from the Federal Aviation Administration.   

William Mueller is the city’s newest police sergeant. He has been a police officer in Manteca for 17 years and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  Mueller served as a K-9 handler for 12 years and a field-training officer for six years.  

Mueller has been instrumental the past year and a half, stepping in and helping the police department through its transition.  

Carrie Woolley is Manteca’s new deputy city attorney. Woolley has worked in local government for nearly 11 years. She comes to Manteca from the Kings County where she served as a legal advisor to the in the county counsel’s office.

She has an extensive background in providing legal advice to the Sheriff’s Office, Probation, Human Services Agency, Public Health, Fire, Behavioral Health, and Public Works. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Jose State University and her Juris Doctorate in Law from Santa Clara University School of Law.  

Interim City Manager Mike Harden’s last day will be Sept. 16.