Public Works News

Palm Drive North Street Pavement Road Closures

Organics Recycling Raffle Winner

Congratulations to the Gonzalez family on winning a new TV!

Thank you to all the residents who stopped by the City booth at this year’s Parade of Lights & Holiday Festival, for learning more about organics recycling, and picking up your free countertop compost bin.

For more information on the State’s organics recycling requirements or to pick up a free compost bin, please contact Lynne Paul at (760) 329-6411, ext. 219.

Meet Your Public Works Hero of September 2022 - Jilleen Ferris

Jilleen is a new addition to the City of Desert Hot Springs, starting in February of this year as the City Engineer.  She comes to the City with over 16 years of experience in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis on stormwater and water quality.

Jilleen is married with children and enjoys her children’s teenage years the most so far. Jilleen is also the co-troop leader for her daughter's Girl Scout Troop. She also enjoys watching her daughter perform in the high school band.

During her free time, she likes to read (historical fiction is her favorite), study mathematics (she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics because math is truly her passion), and anything health and fitness related.  She also enjoys concerts and hiking, especially in the desert!  Joshua Tree National Park is her favorite hiking spot.

Since taking on the role of City Engineer, Jilleen truly encompasses the notion of love what you do. Her passion for civil engineering and leadership skills has been a great asset to the city as she is crucial to the growth and development of the city. Jilleen is a true reflection of what a Public Works Hero is.

Buckling Sidewalks

Buckling Sidewalks

New Park Restroom Hours

New Park Restroom Hours

Street Sweeping Services

The City of Desert Hot Springs is excited to announce our new city-wide street sweeping contractor, Contract Sweeping Services. They are one of California’s largest municipal street sweeping service providers. The new street sweeping services are scheduled every Thursday, beginning this Thursday, February 10. Please refer to the Street Sweeping Map on our website, located under Public Works Information, to see your scheduled date of service.Street SweepingMap

Meet Your Public Works Hero of August 2022 - Caleb Leyva

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Meet Your Public Works Hero of July 2022 - Judith Duenas

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Meet Your Public Works Hero of June 2022 - Pablo Encino

Pablo is our great Public Works Hero for the month of June. He was nominated by his peers for his outstanding service to the community. Pablo has been working for the City of Desert Hot Springs since September of 1997. He has seen and helped the City grow to what it is today.

Pablo is one of the Lead Technicians within the Public Works Department. You will often see him out in the field, working to keep our roads safe!

In his free time Pablo enjoys spending time with his family and going out. He spends a great amount of time horseback riding his family-owned horses. He also participates in annual horseback riding fundraisers for nonprofit organizations such as St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Martha's Village & Kitchen, Toys for Tots, and Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Meet Your Public Works Hero of May 2022 - Joe Valdez

Joe is a great representation of what it takes to be a Public Works Hero. He was nominated by his peers for his great efforts in the office, but even greater out in the field. Joe would like to thank the Public Works family for nominating him. Joe has worked for the City since 2017 as a contract employee and became a full-time employee in 2018.

His background includes over 20 years as a Journeyman Electrician and 2 years as a Building Inspector.

Joe enjoys spending time with his family, barbecuing, and working out. Joe is a hardcore Raiders, Dodgers, and Lakers fan. Joe loves his job and the people who work here. He couldn't ask for a better work environment.

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Meet Your Public Works Hero of April 2022 - James Harbin

James Harbin is the Public Works Hero for the month of April. He is another excellent example of what it takes to be a Public Works Hero.

James goes above and beyond for the Public Works Department and the City. You can see that he takes time out of his day to make sure every location or City building is running smoothly. He pushes for perfection when it comes to completing any job. James's background includes over 17 years in the public sector, including 10 years in the City of Desert Hot Springs.

James enjoys spending time with his family, fishing with his two boys, coaching baseball, going to MLB games, riding dirt bikes, and spending time at the beach. James loves working for the Public Works Department and couldn't ask for a better work family!

"I couldn't ask for better co-workers or a dedicated management team. I am proud to be a part of the best Public Works team in California".

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Meet your Public Works Hero of March 2022 - Nick Haecker

Nick is very honored and humbled to be nominated by his fellow Public Works family members. He has worked for the City of Desert Hot Springs for almost four years. His professional background includes over 23 years in local government. Nick is currently in his doctoral program through the University of Southern California.

Nick loves to spend time with his girlfriend Emily and their dog Jager. He loves all outdoor activities including hiking, surfing, snowboarding, and playing sports. Nick loves to cook, make people laugh, recite movie quotes, and even performs an occasional magic trick. If you wonder how amazing Nick is, just ask him and he will tell you.

"I've never felt more at home than I do in the City of Desert Hot Springs!"

Nick Haecker

Meet Your Public Works Hero of February 2022 - Lynne Paul

Lynne truly is a Public Works Hero. She was nominated by her peers for going above and beyond her day-to-day duties at the City of Desert Hot Springs. Lynne has worked for the City since 2016. Her career background included over 30 years in the private sector in the field of Periodontology. Before coming to Desert Hot Springs, Lynne served as Office Manager/Governance Administrator.

Lynne was born and raised in Chicago where she met her loving husband, Keith. They have two amazing children, Amanda and and Joshua, who still live in Chicago. Family means everything to Lynne. Her mom, Carole, lives with her and her sister lives just down the street. The next time you see Lynne, ask her why Chicago is known as The Windy City.

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Meet Your Public Works Hero of January 2022 - Victor Sandoval

Victor exemplifies what it takes to be a Public Works Hero. He was nominated by his peers for his outstanding work and dedication to the citizens of Desert Hot Springs. Victor has worked for the City of Desert Hot Springs for over four years. Victor’s career background includes extensive years in the private sector in the field of landscape architecture. As a young man, Victor served his country as a member of the Mexican Army.

Victor has been married to his beautiful wife for over 10 years. He has a granddaughter that puts the biggest smile on his face. In his free time, you can catch Victor cruising around on his Harley-Davidson. He is one of the biggest Los Angeles Dodger fans you will ever meet.

“I am a happy man that does my best for anybody” - Victor Sandoval

What is a Road Diet?

The City will have several upcoming capital improvement projects (CIP) that involve traffic safety. The term “Road Diet” will be used to describe these projects. A Road Diet’s primary objective is to improve safety for all roadway users, while increasing livability by creating a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly environment. Putting our citizens’ safety first is priority #1.”

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