Ben Kim knows Moreno Valley is a land of opportunity.
It’s why he decided to become our next Assistant City Manager, focusing on development services. Ben is ready and willing to put his nearly 30 years of planning and development experience to work in the City Where Dreams Soar.
Ben came to Moreno Valley after four years at the City of Rosemead, first as the City’s Community Development Director, and then as the Assistant City Manager.
At Rosemead, Ben oversaw numerous special projects that made life better for the community, and his willingness to exhibit unparalleled leadership in serving the public has led to a successful career in Cities such as Pomona, Anaheim, West Covina, Montebello, and La Habra Heights.
Ben is a Southern California native, growing up in Glendale and graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in urban and regional planning. After graduation, Ben stayed local, working his first public service job as a planner for the City of Pomona.
Ben and his wife Jennie have two sons. His oldest, Matthew, is studying economics at UC Berkeley, and his youngest, Adam, is a junior in high school.
In his free time, Ben enjoys spending quality time with his family and traveling the world with them, as well as taking in California’s beauty by visiting hiking trails across the region.
To Ben, working in public service means putting the community first. His philosophy is simple: always think about doing the right thing for the community.
Moreno Valley City Clerk Pat Jacquez-Nares is all about efficiency.
Over the last 20 years, she has gathered public service experience in cities across Southern California.
She began her career in the City of Santa Ana where she worked as a receptionist for the Planning and Building Division for a brief time before being promoted to Senior Deputy Clerk of Council.
Pat also held positions in the City of Westminster, and worked as the City Clerk and Election Official for the Cities of Grand Terrace and La Puente.
Pat’s wealth of knowledge and experience has resulted in overhauling numerous Clerk functions in the City of Moreno Valley, resulting in a more efficient democratic process. In Moreno Valley, she oversees the City Clerk functions as well as the City Council Offices, which provides invaluable support to City Councilmembers.
Pat grew up in El Paso, Texas, where she danced for her mother’s folklorico dance troop.
She enjoys volunteering with non-profit women’s organizations, and watching football.
Don’t bother her when the Oakland Raiders are playing. Wait until halftime. Trust us on this one.
Manuel A. Mancha
Manuel Mancha is a seasoned professional who brings a wide breadth of municipal experience and leadership to his position as Director of Community Development. With more than 30 years of community development and planning work under his belt, Manny is well prepared to lead Moreno Valley through the comprehensive update of its General Plan, the City’s guiding document that spells out where various kinds of development can take place and what infrastructure is needed to support it. He also brings experience leading related departments and divisions including Building, Housing, Economic Development and Code Enforcement. His expertise has helped develop the Southern California cities of Montebello, El Monte and Pomona, and all that extensive experience is now in service to the City of Moreno Valley.
Manny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning from Cal Poly Pomona.
Mike Lee knows business. And businesses know Mike Lee.
Since 2015, Mike has been bragging to businesses about Moreno Valley like a proud grandparent pulling out a stack of wallet-sized photos of the grandkids.
When it comes to Moreno Valley there is a lot to brag about. Thanks to Mike’s efforts as our Economic Development Director, Fortune 500 and international companies have flocked to Moreno Valley, and so have thousands of jobs.
His work isn’t just putting people to work where they live. He’s helping to build the workforce of the future.
And he’s doing it with innovative partnerships between the City, our educational partners and our business community.
For more than two decades, Mike has been building those relationships, one cup of green tea at a time.
A native of Taiwan, Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Administration.
He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Ryan and Alex.
A self-proclaimed news junkie, Mike often knows what is hot off the presses before the news even gets to the presses. He’s a devoted ‘80s music fan, an avid art collector, and there are rumors he likes camping on the beach, although we’ve yet to see photographic evidence.
If he does manage to go on vacation, we know he’ll be bragging about Moreno Valley to anyone standing still.
Brian has worked in municipal finance for almost 20 years and enjoys being a public servant. Prior to joining the City of Moreno Valley, Brian worked for the City of Rialto for more than 10 years and San Bernardino County Retirement Association (SBCERA) for more than six years.
Prior to becoming Acting Assistant City Manager, Brian served as the Financial Resources Division Manager for the City of Moreno Valley. In this capacity, Brian administered the City’s General Fund budget of $116.7 million and the overall budget of over $238 million.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
Brian is passionate about embracing community and business partnerships and relationships and strives to build on existing and future innovative and educational ideas to build long-lasting relationships which will help the City evolve.
On a personal note, he and his wife Paula enjoy traveling, concerts, experimenting with food of different cultures and spending time with their family, especially the dogs and cat. An avid film and music junkie – ask Brian a question and he’s sure to answer (challenge on!). Brian also loves golf and enjoys hiking local City trails. Also, a sports fan of NASCAR, Formula 1, tennis, football and soccer, which he played and coached for many years.
They have four children, Hannah, Amanda, Sam and Haley, and two grandchildren, Brett and Kennedy.
Jesse Park has over twenty years in the California fire service. He went to High School in the San Diego area and then moved to northern California for community college. It was in Mt. Shasta that he signed up with the US Forest Service as a seasonal firefighter working in the Shasta-Trinity and Plumas National Forests.
Chief Park continued with college and the forest service, attending Butte Community College in the Chico area, earning an associate degree in fire science technology, and attending their college Fire Academy for his state firefighter I / EMT and paramedic certifications.
In 2000, he started with CALFIRE, working for the Butte Ranger Unit in Paradise, CA. He promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer and worked in the Amador-Eldorado Unit near Sacramento for a summer before being offered a position in Riverside County as a firefighter-paramedic.
Chief Park has been assigned to many locations throughout Riverside County. His experience and training led to promotions; first Engineer, then Captain, and most recently Battalion Chief. He continued with his education, attending numerous fire department classes, but also completing a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, and a Master of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management. With additional Master’s Certificates in the Fire Service, Homeland Security, and Emergency Manager.
Chief Park is active in the fire department and heads up policy development and training curriculum for Mass Casualty Incident Management and Firefighter Rehabilitation. He is the Riverside Ranger Unit’s NFPA FIREWISE Community liaison, and a lead in the county’s Firefighter Recruitment Task Force.
Chief Park has been married to Kimberly Park for the last 16 years. They live locally and have two children in elementary school. Chief Park is excited to continue the incredible progress of Moreno Valley, providing outstanding public service, and fulfilling the mission to the city, county, and state as well.
Jeremy Bubnick is a man who knows how to weather the storm.
As part of his illustrious 25-year career in Parks and Community Services, he spent seven years protecting the community of Lake Jackson, Texas, from hurricanes and helping to lead their disaster response in his role of Parks & Recreation Director.
As Moreno Valley’s Parks & Community Services Director, Jeremy understands the importance of community, which is why he doesn’t just work in Moreno Valley, he lives here.
Jeremy’s career has taken him across the country, from his home state of Washington all the way to Texas. It has included award-winning management of recreation centers, golf courses, parks, aquatic centers, sports complexes, and even ice arenas.
He attended Eastern Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Parks & Recreation Management. Jeremy is also a graduate of the National Recreation and Parks Association Directors School and their Marketing and Revenue Management School. Jeremy is a Certified Parks & Recreation Executive, Aquatic Facility Operator, Playground Safety Inspector, and Athletic Director.
When he’s not perfecting Moreno Valley’s Parks, Jeremy enjoys traveling with his wife of 21 years, Amy, and their son. Catch him on a Friday night watching a good horror flick with his family. He also enjoys home improvement projects, tinkering away bit-by-bit to make his home as beautiful as MoVal’s parks.
His goal is to treat our City parks with the same loving care and attention as his own backyard.
Moreno Valley Police Chief John Salisbury, appointed in December 2019, served at Moreno Valley for seven years early in his career.
Salisbury, who since 2016 led the San Jacinto Sheriff's Station, served at Moreno Valley from 1998-2005, including as a patrol deputy and for five years as a member of Special Enforcement Team (SET) focusing on gang-related crime. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005. As a sergeant he worked assignments in Hemet and the San Jacinto Valley, on the Gang Task Force, and in Sheriff's Administration and Corrections. In 2014, Salisbury was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to the Corrections Division and the Supervised Electronic Confinement Program. He was promoted to captain in 2019.
From Private Sector Analyst, to Engineer, then to City Engineer, Michael has had his fair share of titles – and business cards. That’s what happens when you have spent the last 24 years in the public and private sector perfecting the art of engineering. His wide-ranging expertise has helped transform the landscapes of the communities he has served.
Since 2007, Michael has served the City of Moreno Valley, transforming MoVal one mile of asphalt at a time.
Under Michael’s tenure, the roads our residents take to work and school are smoother, traffic signals have more integration, and more residents and businesses are rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to Keep Moreno Valley Beautiful.
There is more to Michael than just applied mathematics and designing and building things. He’s been a Hoya, an Aggie and a Mustang. Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University, a Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Public Policy Degree from Georgetown University.
As an Eagle Scout and current Assistant Scoutmaster, he is an avid outdoorsman with a profound sense of adventure. When he’s not in the office engineering the future of Moreno Valley, Michael can be found camping with his wife and two sons. Michael has been ready to assume the role as the City’s Public Works Director/City Engineer since the day he arrived in Moreno Valley.
“Be Prepared” isn’t just the Boy Scout’s Motto, it’s also Michael’s.