San Benito officer earns floodplain manager accreditation

The San Benito Municipal Building is seen in this undated photo in San Benito. (Courtesy: City of San Benito/Facebook)

SAN BENITO — The city of San Benito announced that code enforcement officer Cleo Longoria recently passed the Association of State Floodplain Managers exam and is now a certified floodplain manager.

“As a CFM, Longoria now has the necessary training to help the city meet the challenge of finding ways to minimize flood risks and reduce losses from floods in order to protect public health and safety and improve the quality of life for the community,” officials stated in a press release.

“The valuable certification comes at an opportune time as current legislation is now being discussed at the state level to revise funding to upgrade the area’s drainage system,” officials stated.

In addition to being a CFM, Longoria, who has been employed with the city for six years, is also a qualified construction stormwater inspector, a certified stormwater inspector, a certified code enforcement officer and a public health vector control (pesticide) applicator.