Originally Published in The Reporter Letters on July 7, 2017 By Jonathan Godinez
CITY COMMISSIONER SAYS GOODBYE
It’s bittersweet for me to say goodbye to the Vacaville Community Services Commission and my wonderful service as a City Commissioner. I am receiving orders to attend training with the US Air Force for one year, thus I must resign my seat on the Commission.
It was a pleasure to work with my fellow Commissioners, the city staff, and other personnel that help keep the Community Services Department running. The professionalism and ability of my colleagues are outstanding and with them I believe I have made lifelong friends and an exceptional network that I will carry with me throughout my professional career.
As I reflect on my small mark that I left on Vacaville, I remember my time on the Facilities Naming Committee where we spent countless meetings naming the trails in Lagoon Valley Park to make it easier for residents and our emergency personnel in the event of an emergency, researched the beautiful Native American roots of our city, and named new parks being built.
I also reflect on my time sitting on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Committee where we sat as a panel to select the new firm that will draft the plan that will carry Vacaville into the next 20 years and beyond.
Accepting an appointment from Mayor Augustine and City Council at 19 years old left a lasting impression on my outlook of public service. I will continue to fight for and represent the residents of Vacaville, and the greater Solano County, by local activism and my regular Letters to the Editor.
I have learned a lot during my time as a Commissioner and am thankful for the privilege to leave a mark, however minuscule, on my hometown and to serve the people of Vacaville. I will take the servant’s heart that I have nurtured through my time here and use it to continue public service to my country — and one day bring it back to Vacaville. Thank you.
Jonathan Godinez, Vacaville