Congratulations to Tim Bell for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for January 2015. Tim currently works at the College’s Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) in Windsor as the Coordinator, Public Safety Facilities Operations. Tim is responsible for coordinating the campus maintenance, custodial staff, skilled facilities technicians, range operations, vehicles maintenance, outside contractors, as well as the procurement of supplies such as radios, drag dummies, mats, ammunition, police vehicles, and more (i.e., contracts and CTEA Funding), to support all public safety programs.
In August 2007, Tim was hired at SRJC as an HVAC and Controls Technician. In January 2013, he obtained his current position as PSTC facilities coordinator. Overall, Tim has contributed nearly eight years of service to the College and has received two nominations for employee of the month.
Tony Ichsan, Dean III, Facilities Planning & Operations, explains “Tim’s professional work ethic and willingness to be a team member is one of his best attributes. He’s an excellent example of a dedicated staff member that is willing to make the extra effort that is needed to provide the highest level of facilities service for SRJC students.”
“Tim is one of the hardest working employees I know,” said April Chapman, Dean III, Public Safety, “He has helped us solve more issues and fix more things than I can count, and he always does it with a smile. Even if he can’t get to it right away, he always remembers to come back and give you updates. We are extremely lucky to have him as part of our PSTC team.”
Tim admits his greatest challenge at SRJC has been “Keeping up with the action. PSTC is a dynamic and challenging environment; what was true yesterday isn’t true today—PSTC keeps you on your toes.” Tim also confesses this unpredictability is what he enjoys the most about his job. Some may be surprised to learn that PSTC operates an indoor shooting range and a driving track that requires the continuous maintenance of 12 police cars, 12 ambulances and 12 scenario training police cars, including a SWAT/Command SUV.
Asked why he believes he has been so successful in serving the college and students at SRJC, Tim responded, “Without dedicated coworkers, I don’t believe anyone could be successful. All facilities activities require teamwork by nature, there isn’t an ‘I’ in teamwork and I believe that.” Aside from his duties as a coordinator, Tim dedicates his time to the Health and Safety Committee.
Prior to working at SRJC, Tim spent 12 years as an HVAC controls technician, and seven years as the manager of skilled maintenance workers and service contracts for the facilities operations department of JDS Uniphase and Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc.
Although born in Kentfield, California, Tim grew up in Rohnert Park and Truckee. Tim received his Associate’s degree after attending Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, CA (completing the Sheet Metal Local 104 Apprenticeship program) and Solano County ROP (receiving his California State Water Certifications). He enjoys spending his time with family, friends, hunting, snowmobiling, 4 wheelers, cars and being in the forest.
When told of his selection as Employee of the Month, Tim was thankful to those that nominated him and said, “I don’t feel that I deserve it, but I’m accepting the award to honor those that have supported me here at the JC. As always, without the support of coworkers, where would I or the JC be?”