Stephenville has a new supervisor of parks and cemeteries, Jesus Coronado, who − though he grew up in Granbury − considers this his home.

“I was born in Monterey, Mexico in 1972 and my family immigrated to the US in 1984. We landed in Granbury where I grew up. I came to work in Stephenville at Norton that’s now Saint-Gobain in 1996," he said. “I met my wife Sandra here and since then, even though we left for a while, we’ve always felt like this is home.”

Coronado worked for the city of Grand Prairie for 17 years but always had an eye out for a job that would bring his family, which includes six-year-old son Dasiel, to Stephenville.

The supervisor’s job that brought them back here involves oversight of six full-time and seven part-time employees that maintain the city’s parks and cemeteries. His job also involves doing what he calls “honey do” projects around the airport, ball fields, the senior center and library.

“Stephenville has some of the most beautiful parks and cemeteries in the state and I am excited to be a part of keeping it that way. I will also be interacting with local contractors who maintain the landscaped medians around our streets,” he says.

Coronado works under Jeremy Allen, director of community services, who says, “We’re very fortunate to have Jesus working here. I think he’s going to be a great addition to our team.”

Coronado echoes that enthusiasm. “I’m very happy to be back here in Stephenville. This is home and I’m really excited for the challenge and the opportunity to put my thumbprint on the city’s parks and cemeteries. It’s a great opportunity to do something positive for the people and the city.”