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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Leadership Rohnert Park
April 12, 2019

One of the best ways to have a strong city is to have strong leadership in the community. Leaders make good things happen. Rohnert Park’s Education Foundation, our successful youth sports leagues and the annual Founders Day event are all reflections of leadership by our residents. 

The city council recently approved a new program to build upon the wonderful local leaders we have in Rohnert Park. We are calling that program Leadership Rohnert Park. I am excited about this opportunity to further strengthen our city.  

Starting in the fall, Leadership Rohnert Park will provide eight full days of training over nine months. Topics will include issues affecting the community such as housing, public safety and the local economy. The program will also provide training in core leadership skills. And it will build a network of civic-minded residents among the participants. Participants will also be given a community challenge to solve, presenting recommendations at the conclusion of the program. 

I am particularly pleased that we are partnering with Coro Northern California. Coro is the nation’s premier organization for developing community leaders, with 75 years of experience. They will provide a challenging, invigorating learning experience for the participants.

Reflecting the city’s value of collaboration, we have also established an Advisory Council to help guide the program. It includes representatives from Sonoma State University, the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District, Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and the Rohnert Park Health Center. 

We have just opened the opportunity to apply for the upcoming Leadership Rohnert Park Class of 2020. I encourage interested residents to apply, or to nominate someone else you feel has much to contribute to the community. We are looking for a diverse group of participants, from different backgrounds and neighborhoods. We will have 24 seats in the class. Prior leadership experience is not required. 

Candidates must apply online by June 1. The program begins in Sept. and concludes in May 2020. There is no cost to apply or participate.  To learn more about Leadership Rohnert Park and to apply to become part of the Class of 2020, visit

Summer positions at community services. The Community Services Department is hiring enthusiastic, motivated and friendly staff for summer positions. Positions include Community Services (Camp) Leaders, Swim Instructors and Lifeguards. The city is committed to ensuring that all participants in recreation activities have an enjoyable experience during their summer break and strive for the same experience for our staff. Training is provided, including Lifeguard certification training for those interested in becoming a lifeguard. If you or someone you know has the drive and personality to positively impact the life of someone else and get paid for it, visit to apply today.

Mark your calendar. 

Join Rohnert Park Public Safety for Coffee-with-a-Cop event at Honey Badger Coffee, 101 Golf Course Dr. Ste. A-3, Sun., April 14 at 8 a.m. Discuss neighborhood issues and get to know your public safety officers and staff. For fun the entire family can enjoy, join Rohnert Park Public Safety Officers’ Association at their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Foxtail Golf Course, 100 Golf Course Dr., Sat., April 20 at 9 a.m.