One of the most prominent employees at Fontana City Hall will soon be departing.
Debbie Brazill, the deputy city manager of development services, officially announced during the City Council meeting on Dec. 10 that she will be retiring after 30 years with the city.
Brazill, who started in Fontana in 1989 as an assistant planner, was responsible for overseeing two comprehensive updates to the city's General Plan as well as many other huge projects.
She thanked all of her colleagues at the city during the recognition ceremony. "I could not have done it without all of you," she said.
Building a community has "great job satisfaction," Brazill said.
"I realized that maybe we can make someone's life better, or we can hopefully bring people to the city and make them realize what a great city it is," she said.
"Fontana has come a long way in 30 years and you certainly have a bright future. I'm just really proud to be a small part of it."
San Bernardino County 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford praised Brazill for her professionalism and integrity and said that she has played a vital role in Fontana's tremendous growth.
"Debbie literally has had her fingerprints on everything that has been built in this city for decades," Rutherford said.
David Edgar, who was formerly the city's deputy city manager before retiring earlier this year, mentioned Brazill's determination to focus on the sometimes-neglected area of downtown Fontana. Edgar said that downtown has great potential because of her vision.