Permit Center Welcomes Staff to New Roles

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News Date: 
November 14, 2018
Permit Center new and promoted staff

The past 18 months have been an exciting time for staff in the Permit Services Division of the Community Development Department. The division has been able to promote a part-time employee to the position of Revenue Officer, hire a full-time Senior Plan Check Engineer and fill two vacant, newly created Building Permit Specialists.

As the new Revenue Officer, Teresa Kistler, oversees spending and budgeting for the Permit Center.  With the enterprise fund budget, having someone as detailed oriented as Teresa will make sure the revenues and expenditures match and fees are properly accounted for.  Teresa started with the city in 2009 as a part-time revenue technician in the Code Enforcement Division and was promoted to the Revenue Officer in 2015 and moved to the Permit Services Division this month.  Teresa began her career serving 22 years in the Air Force, before retiring from her last assignment at the Defense language Institute in 2006.  Teresa transitioned to the city after a year of travel and two years with a C.P.A. firm in Monterey.

Angeline Sickler has been a Senior Plan Check Engineer with the Permit Services Division for 18 months.  She came to us from the Monterey County RMA department, where she was Senior Plans Examiner for 5 years.  Prior to that she spent 7 years putting her degree in Structural Engineering to good use designing projects for a local engineering design firm.  In her free time, she taught an introduction to engineering class at Monterey Peninsula College. 

Lucy Ayala joined the Division just a few months ago and we were lucky enough to have brought her from the city’s public works department.  Lucy joined the city as a public works student intern in the Fall of 2000.  She was quickly hired as a full-time employee and promoted through the ranks.  She went from an Engineering Aide 1, Aide 2, Engineering Technician and finally a Junior Engineer for public works assigned at the Permit Center.  When at the Permit Center she reviewed plans for encroachment permits and projects for stormwater requirements.  As one of the newly created Building Permit Specialist, she brought the public works knowledge and has made the transition to  learning the new building permit requirements.

Sheila Martinez is the newest Building Permit Specialist but is one of the most senior employees regarding employment at the Permit Center.  Working as a Clerk for the last 12.5 years she has been instrumental in creating process and procedures, working through Wintegrate, transitioning to the TRAKiT permitting system and is now part of transition team to the newest permitting system.  Sheila’s time as a clerk has allowed for a very seamless transition to the new Permit Specialist position.  Within the two weeks as a Building Permit Specialist, she can explain processes to customers and has already begun creating new procedures to fine-tune our permitting policies.