Operations

Various departments fall under the operations side of Vallejo City Hall, including the police and fire departments, public works, housing & community development, and the water department.

Vallejo Fire Department

Kyle Long

Fire Chief: July 2021 — Present
Interim Fire Chief: April to July 2021
Deputy Fire Chief: May 2019 — April 2021
Battalion Chief: February 2019 – May 2019
Fire Captain: 2012 – 2019

Kyle Long, who was serving as deputy fire chief was elevated to interim fire chief with the sudden resignation of Daryl Arbuthnott in April 2021. Long was promoted to the permanent fire chief position in July 2021.

Employment Agreement as Fire Chief (July 2021)

Promotional Offer Letter as Fire Chief (July 2021)

Personnel Action Request from DFC to IFC (May 2021)

Personnel Action Request from DFC to IFC (April 2021)

Daryl Arbuthnott

Fire Chief: January 2019 — April 2021

Resignation Agreement (April 2021)

Conditional Offer of Employment (November 2018)

Jack McArthur

Fire Chief: 2014 – June 2018

Employment Agreement (2014)

Water Department

The Water Department provides administrative, engineering, water treatment, and maintenance support for the City’s potable water treatment and distribution.

Beth Schoenberger

Water Director: April 2022 — Present
Interim Water Director: October 2021 — April 2022
Water Operations Manager: November 2018 — October 2021

Beth Schoenberger was hired as water operations manager in November 2018 before being tapped as interim water director in October 2021 following Mike Malone’s promotion to interim city manager. Schoenberger became the permanent water director in April 2022.

Differential Pay Authorization as interim Water Director (October 2021)

Water Operations Manager Conditional Offer of Employment (November 2018)

Mike Malone

Water Director: April 2017 — October 2021
Interim City Manager: October 2021 — April 2022
City Manager: April 2022 – Present

Malone was originally hired as the city’s water director in April 2017 by then-City Manager Daniel Keen. Malone was tapped to be interim city manager on Oct. 8, 2021, following the resignation of then-interim City Manager Anne Cardwell.

The Vallejo City Council made Malone the permanent city manager in April 2022 via a 4-1 vote. Yeas: McConnell, Verder-Aliga, Dew, and Loera-Diaz. No: Arriola. Absent: Brown and Miessner.

Employment Agreement as City Manager (April 2022)

Employment Agreement as Interim City Manager (September 2021)

Final Job Offer and Employment Contract as Water Director (2017)

Martin Querin

Assistant Public Works Director – Water: January 2015 — April 2016

Housing & Community Development

Housing and Community Development manages programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Division is home to the Vallejo Housing Authority (VHA) which administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly known as Section 8, and its subprograms.

Judy Shepard-Hall

Housing & Community Development Program Manager: October 2018 – December 2021

Confirmation of Employment email (October 2018)

Conditional Offer of Employment (September 2018)

Racheal Frederick-Vijay

Homeless Services Coordinator: May 2019 — March/April 2021

Frederick-Vijay was hired to carry out the implementation of the Homelessness and Support Services Framework and the first-year development of the Navigation Shelter for the homeless.

Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (May 2019)

Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (July 2019)

Public Works Department

The Public Works Department is responsible for the engineering design, construction, and maintenance of the City’s roads, sidewalks, traffic signals, trees, open spaces, and buildings. 

Melissa Tigbao

Public Works Director: April 2022 — Present
Interim Public Works Director: November 2021 — April 2022
Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer: May 2018 — November 2021

Melissa Tigbao was originally hired as the city’s assistant public works director/city engineer in May 2018 and promoted to interim public works director in November 2021 with Terrance Davis’ elevation to interim assistant city manager. Tigbao was made the permanent public works director in April 2022.

Differential Pay Authorization as Interim Public Works Director (November 2021)

Conditional Offer of Employment as Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer (May 2018)

Terrance Davis

Public Works Director: August 2017 — November 2021
Interim Assistant City Manager: November 2021 — April 2022
Assistant City Manager: April 2022 — Present

Terrance Davis was as the city’s public works director by then-City Manager Daniel Keen in August 2017. Davis was elevated to interim assistant city manager by then-Interim City Manager Mike Malone in November 2021.

In early 2022, the city council signed off on the second assistant city manager position by officially funding the position during a mid-year budget discussion, retroactively approving Davis’ promotion.

Davis was made the city’s second permanent assistant city manager in April 2022.

Employment Agreement (July 2017)

Conditional Offer of Employment (July 2017)

Police Department

Jason Ta

Interim Chief of Police: November 2022 – Present
Deputy Chief of Police: October 2021 – November 2022

Conditional Offer of Employment (August 2021)

Shawny Williams

Chief of Police: November 2019 — November 2022

Shawny Williams served as the chief of police from late 2019 until Nov. 4, 2022, after he suddenly resigned. Williams, the city’s first Black police chief, had a tumultuous tenure which included a public feud with the Vallejo Police Officers Association over low staffing levels within the department and the departure of several senior-level members of his command staff. Williams came to Vallejo from the San Jose Police Department.

Employment Agreement (2019)

Joseph Allio

Interim Assistant Police Chief: July to October 2020
Interim Chief of Police: July to November 2019

Joe Allio served as interim Vallejo police chief from July to November 2019 following the retirement of Andrew Bidou. Allio’s badge number, while as interim police chief, was #723.

Allio was tapped to serve as the first and only interim assistant police chief from July to October 2020. The position’s title was changed to deputy police chief. A second deputy police chief position was added, providing a layer of police administration between the chief and police captains. All Vallejo police officers through police captains are represented by the Vallejo Police Officers’ Association (VPOA). As interim assistant police chief, Allio’s badge number was #738.

Offer of Employment as Interim Assistant Police Chief (2020)

Offer of Employment as Interim Police Chief (2019)

Andrew Bidou

Chief of Police: October 2014 — July 2019

Second Amendment to Employment Agreement (2018)

First Amendment to Employment Agreement (2016)

Employment Agreement (2014)

Joseph Kreins

Interim Deputy Police Chief: December 2020 – May 2021
Interim Chief of Police: February to October 2014
Chief of Police: December 2012 — February 2014
Interim Chief of Police: July 2012 — December 2012

Joseph Kreins was first hired as interim chief of police in July 2012 to replace longtime Police Chief Robert Nichelini who retired the same year. Kreins became the permanent police chief in December 2012 before announcing he would be retiring in early 2014. Kreins stayed with Vallejo until Andrew Bidou was hired as police chief in October 2014.

Kreins was hired to serve as one of the two new deputy police chiefs under then-Police Chief Shawny Williams in November 2020. Kreins left the department in May 2021.

Offer of Employment as interim deputy police chief (November 2020)

Employment Agreement Interim Police Chief (February 2014)

Employment Agreement Police Chief (December 2012)

Employment Agreement Interim Police Chief (July 2012)

Captain of Police

Prior to the creation of two deputy police chief positions in late 2020, the police captain position was the first layer of command staff for the chief of police. In February 2022, the Vallejo City Council froze the third police captain position, along with lieutenant and corporal positions, to shift those salaries to fund other positions within the department. The captain of police position is the highest level of command staff represented by the Vallejo Police Officers’ Association.

Drew Ramsay

Police Captain: November 2022 — Present
Interim Police Captain: July to November 2022
Lieutenant of Police: August 2019 — July 2022
Sergeant of Police: 2015 — August 2019

Drew Ramsay was made acting captain in July following the departures of captains Jason Potts and Todd Tribble. Following the departure of Police Chief Shawny Williams, Ramsay was made a permanent police captain. He wears badge no. #539.

Robert “Bobby” Knight

Interim Police Captain: November 2022 — Present
Lieutenant of Police: 2019 — November 2022
Sergeant of Police: 2014
Police corporal: 2013
Police Officer: 1999 — 2013

Robert “Bobby” Knight was tapped to serve as a provisional captain following the departure of Police Chief Shawny Williams in November 2022. Knight wears badge no. #550.

Jason Potts

Police Captain: July 2019 — June 2022
Lieutenant of Police: January 2018 — July 2019

Personnel Action Request from Lt. to Capt. (December 2019). Personnel Action Request from Lt. to Capt. (pay increase during provisional promotion to captain) (August 2019). Personnel Action Request from Lt. to Capt. (provisional promotion from lieutenant to captain) (July 2019)

Promotion to Lieutenant (January 2018)

Personnel Action Request from Sgt. to Lt. (pay adjustment because he was no longer on SWAT team but was continuing lieutenant duties) (November 2017). Personnel Action Request from Sgt. to Lt. (provisional promotion from sergeant to lieutenant retroactive to August 2017) (April 2018)

Offer of Employment as Police Officer (October 2000)

Jason Potts, a Vallejo native, left the city in June to oversee the Department of Public Safety for the city of Las Vegas. He wore badge no. #562

Todd Tribble

Interim Police Captain: June 2020 — July 2022
Lieutenant of Police: 2015 — June 2020
Sergeant of Police: 2012 — 2015

Capt. Todd Tribble retired on July 1 after nearly 19 years with Vallejo police and months after his brother, former Lt. Michael Kent Tribble, testified during a criminal case in Solano County Superior Court that he and another Concord police officer devised the idea for officers to bend their badges following a shooting. Both Tribble brothers came to Vallejo police from Concord in 2003. Todd Tribble wore badge no. #587.

Employee Status Change from LT to Captain (January 2021)

Employee Status Change from LT to Captain (July 2020)

Employee Status Change from LT to Captain (June 2020)

Brittany K. Jackson

Public Information Analyst – Public Information Officer: May 2020 — August 2022

Brittany K. Jackson was hired in May 2020 to serve as department spokesperson. Jackson served as a top advisor to then-Police Chief Shawny Williams and led virtual community events during the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic and was tasked with overseeing department communications following the Vallejo police killing of Sean Monterrosa on June 2, 2020.

The Vallejo Police Officers’ Association (VPOA), which filed an unfair labor complaint in June 2020 alleging Vallejo unlawfully hired a civilian to act as the department spokesperson. Sworn officers have historically been the department’s official spokespeople.

Jackson resigned in August 2022.

Offer of Employment (April 2020)

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