New code enforcement office assistant Maria Koolhoven is welcomed by the council.

During the Yucaipa City Council meeting on April 12, Planning Manager/City Planner Benjamin Matlock, introduced the new Code Enforcement office assistant Maria Koolhoven.

Matlock said, “It is with great pleasure to introduce Maria Koolhoven to our city’s code enforcement team.”

Koolhoven is the office assistant providing administrative support for the city of Yucaipa’s code enforcement personnel that are out in the field.

“She joined the city of Yucaipa in November 2020, following experience with the city of Redlands Fire Department in providing support for their functions,” said Matlock.

Matlock said that when he worked at the city of Redlands, Koolhoven worked there as well and has a very positive personality, is very helpful. He said “Those skill sets and traits have carried through in our department and so we’ve been very thrilled to have her as part of our team.”

Matlock shared that Koolhoven has been married 21 years and has two sons. “She climbed Mount Whitney in a day a couple of years ago and likes to participate in the Mojave Death Race.” This race consists of 24 legs of running, mountain biking, road biking with teams of eight covering 250 miles across the Mojave Desert. Teams are self supported. Legs are run consecutively until completed, usually around 24 hours. The next race will be held June 6.

“So you will usually see her walking around during lunch break and doing the big loop around Chapman Heights…We’re very glad to have her as part of the code enforcement team, she’s been very helpful and we’re excited to have her,” said Matlock.

Koolhoven said, “I’d just like to give everybody a thank you for giving me the opportunity to be here. Each and every staff member has been very welcoming and very professional and it’s made my transition really easy and so I look forward to serving the community of the city of Yucaipa.”

Mayor Greg Bogh said, “Welcome and we are glad to have you.”

More information can be found at yucaipa.org/live.


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