The U.S. Census Bureau today announced it has hired the management staff for a local census office in Stockton, Calif., which will be the hub of local census activity for the 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal. The Stockton Local Census Office (LCO) opens in April.
Judy Lopez, a Stockton native who has worked with census data collection since the 1980 Census, has been named the regional technician. She will provide technical assistance and serve as a regional staff representative between the LCO and the Regional Office, based in Seattle.
Barbara Ferry, a 25-year resident of San Joaquin County, has been named the local census office manager. She has experience in management, sales and training. As the LCO manager, Ferry will oversee all upcoming dress rehearsal operations.
Ken Cullum has been named the assistant manager for field operations. The Stockton resident will supervise personnel and act as the principal technical adviser on field operations in the LCO. Cullum, most recently a realtor, has experience in managing Wal-Mart stores and regional personnel.
Denise Hamilton, named the assistant manager for administration, was born and raised in Stockton and has more than 15 years experience in administration. She will coordinate and supervise the administrative operations of the LCO, including payroll and personnel activities.
Melissa Guindon has been appointed the assistant manager for quality assurance. She will be responsible for monitoring the quality of data collection during the dress rehearsal. Guindon has owned a business on Stockton's "Miracle Mile" and has lived in the Stockton area for most of her life.
Stockton native Irene Castillo has been appointed as the partnership specialist. Castillo will build partnerships with community groups, area businesses, government officials and local media to educate San Joaquin County residents about the dress rehearsal. The attorney has worked with the Small Business Administration and Aid for International Development in Guatemala.
The Census Bureau expects to hire about 2,000 personnel to staff the office, update address lists and conduct follow-up interviews during the dress rehearsal in San Joaquin County.
For more information about the 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal and current employment opportunities, call the local census office at 1-866-376-2008 or visit <http://2010.census.gov/2010census>.
The Census Bureau is conducting a dress rehearsal of the nation's once-a-decade population count in San Joaquin County, Calif., and in a nine-county area surrounding Fayetteville, N.C. Conducting a dress rehearsal allows the Census Bureau to make final preparations for a more accurate, efficient and cost-effective 2010 Census.
All 2010 Census information collected by the Census Bureau - including data collected during the 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal - is confidential by law (Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9). All Census Bureau employees, including the newly hired managers, have taken an oath to protect confidentiality and are subject to a jail term, a fine - or both - for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent or household.