I’d like to adjourn this evening’s meeting in honor of a former long-time City employee, Amelia Rietzel (RITZ – EL).
Amelia passed away last Thursday, October 4.
Having worked for the City for 16 years between 1992 and 2008, she made quite an impression on her coworkers and a positive impact on the community as a whole.
Amelia held several positions during her tenure with the City, including that of Management Analyst and Environmental Services Manager.
She was instrumental in citywide strategic planning and one of her proudest accomplishments was bringing the Amgen Tour of California to Santa Clarita.
She was also instrumental in creating the business plan that led to the City’s first Communication division.
Through her years of hard work, she helped to make Santa Clarita the beautiful City it is today.
Amelia leaves behind the love of her life, Ryan, her husband. She also leaves behind her two daughters Hannah, age 18 and Becca, age 13, and her mother, who asked that we share the following.
Amelia was so proud to work for Santa Clarita, a city that she loved.
She spoke often of how honored she felt to work with such a truly brilliant and world-class team in helping to serve the City.
Although she followed her conscience by leaving her position to focus on her girls, there always remained a yearning to be participating with you at the heart of the action.
Thank you all for enriching the life of our Amelia.
Tonight, I want to recognize her loss and share my condolences with her family, our City staff and the community.
Amelia will be greatly missed by many.