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City Engineer Daryl Jordan leaving post
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Ceres City Engineer Daryl Jordan is leaving his job soon. - photo by Jeff Benziger

Ceres City Engineer Daryl Jordan announced at Monday’s City Council meeting that he is resigning to take a position with the city of Scotts Valley near Santa Cruz.

“It’s been an incredible ride and I think we accomplished a lot here,” said Jordan.

Jordan was hired by the city of Ceres in October 2014. He said Scotts Valley has hired him to be city engineer and public works director. Scotts Valley has about 12,000 residents.

City Manager Toby Wells now must find a replacement. Jordan’s last day is Friday, Sept. 7.

“We first did the reach out to all the people I knew and he knew and now we’re going to do something that goes out on the internet,” said Jordan.

Jordan said some of the projects he has been working on are still in motion. The city still has on staff Len Guillette, an engineer who comes with a wealth of institutional knowledge. Project manager Sam Royal is also able to assist during the transition.

“It’s been fun. It’s been a great community.”

Jordan said he will leave with good feelings about the renovation of downtown Ceres.

“I think that’s a game changer for our community,” said Jordan. He is also proud that he had a hand in pushing battling with Caltrans for a diverging diamond design for the future Service Road/Highway 99 interchange. Ceres could become one of the first California cities to use the diverging diamond concept which is practiced in a number of states, including Colorado, Missouri, Utah, Georgia,  York, Minnesota and Oklahoma. Manteca could be the first to have one constructed at Highway 120 at Union Road. One is also being proposed for I-805 freeway in San Diego.

Jordan, 51, has a “good balance” between public and private engineering, Wells said. Beginning in 2009, he worked three years as Merced’s city engineer. Jordan currently has his own private firm, Jordan Pacific Engineering. He worked as a contract engineer for the city of Atwater reviewing its development plans. He was also co-owner of Sierra del Pacifico Engineering in Atwater. He was the regional manager for CEI Engineering in Fresno, a project manager for Quad Knopf in Visalia and a project manager for Thompson Hysell Engineers in Modesto.