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New Parks Chief Werner Makes City Rounds
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New Parks and Facilities Supervisor, Ron Werner, left, introduces himself at Thursdays Friends of Jacob Myers Park meeting. He spoke of some of this summer maintenance work as well as things planned for this fall. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank’s new Parks and Facilities Supervisor was introduced around town this past week, although he started working in the community several weeks ago.

Ron Werner was presented to the City Council at its Tuesday, July 25 meeting.

Werner was hired by the City of Riverbank as the Parks maintenance chief in May 2017. He fills the position that was held by the former Supervisor, Tim Dowdy, who passed away in November.

Introduced by Parks and Recreation Director Sue Fitzpatrick, she gave a little background on his experience.

She said Werner is a local guy, from Escalon, but currently residing in Oakdale. His wife teaches at Cardozo Middle School.

He worked for the Ceres Unified School District for the last nine years, starting as a groundskeeper and moving up to Maintenance Specialist. Prior to that, he worked for a landscaping company in Escalon.

Fitzpatrick said Werner brings experience in landscape maintenance and installation as well as experience in facilities construction and repair.

Previous and current certifications include ACI concrete field testing technician, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Certificate, DPR pesticide Quality Applicator Certificate and National Locksmithing Institute Certified Facility Locksmith.

He recently completed his Certified Pool Operator Course as well.

On Thursday, Werner was introduced at the Friends of Jacob Myers Park meeting, where he outlined tree trimming and other maintenance activity in the park, as well as plans for upcoming work.