The City of South Pasadena is delighted to welcome Jennifer (Jenna) Shimmin as its new Senior Management Analyst for Water Conservation and Environmental Programs. Jenna has lived most of her life in Southern California, going to school in the San Bernardino and Coachella Valley areas, graduating from La Quinta High School in 2003.
It was while attending California State University, San Bernardino in pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, that Jenna began her career in the water industry. She started as a part-time customer service representative with San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD), quickly moving into a full time position. In 2007, as the drought was just beginning, Jenna became the Sr. Office Assistant for the Administrative Services Division. SBMWD was one of the first water agencies in the area to offer a rebate program, which Jenna grew from two items to nearly ten items. That program helped set precedent in the area, with most water agencies following suit and offering similar rebates.
Realizing she had more to learn, Jenna went back to school and obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Argosy University in 2013. With the drought worsening, a new degree, and years of experience to offer, Jenna made the transition to the City of Colton as their Sr. Water Conservation Specialist. The creation of this position was Colton’s first step toward developing formal conservation efforts. Over her nearly three years with Colton, Jenna obtained the adoption of a water conservation ordinance and developed a conservation program, including one the first rebate programs in the area to offer an incentive for turf removal. Aside from conservation, Jenna also assisted with other projects, including contract negotiations with Colton’s solid waste hauler.
Look for Jennifer Shimmin’s article on “Caring for Tree Canopy” on the front page of today’s paper.