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Office of Violence Prevention Manager Selected Department: City Manager

Stockton’s City Manager Kurt Wilson has announced the first step in developing the City’s Office of Violence Prevention with the selection of Jessica Glynn as the Manager, effective October 16, 2014.

“This newly created position has an unprecedented role in engaging the community and implementing the non-police components of our holistic, long-term crime reduction strategy,” said City Manager Kurt Wilsona.

Ms. Glynn has a Bachelor of Arts from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. She earned her Juris Doctorate with honors from City University of New York School of Law, Flushing, New York, and has been admitted to practice through the Wisconsin Bar. Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Glynn worked in Kosovo with non-profit organizations aimed at including women in post-war reconstruction by the United Nations and other interim decision-making bodies. For the past 10 years, she has provided direct legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations in the United States, including survivors of domestic violence, gang violence,

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Community Service Director Selected for County Public Library and City Recreation Division Department: City Manager

The City of Stockton announced a new Director of Community Services has been selected to head Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library and the City of Stockton Recreation Division. John Alita, who currently serves as the Assistant

Community Services Director with the City of San Bruno, California, will join the City effective November 1, 2014.

“We are so excited to have John join our team,” said Deputy City Manager Laurie Montes. “John has a Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) and has been a librarian for 19 years. He comes to us from a city where library and recreation are combined and where he has worked extensively with community-based groups to maximize community engagement and expand the opportunities for both libraries and recreation, which is exactly the experience we have been looking for over the last couple of years.”

Mr. Alita has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University. He is

fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish.

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