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City of Amarillo names new department heads

Ismael “Izzy” Rivera Jr.
Ismael “Izzy” Rivera Jr. has been named Building Official for City of Amarillo.

Rivera, 55 and a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., began his duties with City of Amarillo on March 5.

Rivera comes to Amarillo from Benbrook, where he was Chief Building Official. Beginning in 2012, he administered and supervised the Building Permits and Inspection Department within the Community Development Division. During this time, he served as North Central Texas International Code Council Chapter Board Member and as president. He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager and Certified Residential Energy Inspector.

Rivera was City Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer for Snyder from 2005 to 2012.

“Being named Building Official for City of Amarillo is an honor,” Rivera said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to leading, maintaining and improving the standards for public safety in the Building Safety Department. The safety of the public is our top priority.”

The Building Official for City of Amarillo is responsible for the administration, management and operation of the Building Safety Department. The function of the Building Safety Department includes the enforcement of city ordinances and state laws regulating contractor and tradesmen licensing and registration, along with the construction, use maintenance and demolition of buildings and other structures.

Jordan Schupbach
Jordan Schupbach has been named Director of Communications for City of Amarillo.

Schupbach, 42, began his duties March 14.

Schupbach, an Illinois native, comes to Amarillo from Denver, Colo., where he was Chief Operating Officer for Footprints Floors. Schupbach was responsible for the design, implementation, management and success of the company’s nationwide business development and franchising program.

“I am honored and excited to have been named Director of Communications for City of Amarillo,” Schupbach said. “I am looking forward to leading the continued progress of the City of Amarillo Public Communications Department as we serve and communicate to the residents of Amarillo in the most effective manner possible.”

From 2009 to 2017, Schupbach was Public Affairs Officer and Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. During this time, he provided direct leadership and guidance for the public affairs programs for multiple national and international sports competitions and clinics for disabled veterans.

While at the VA, Schupbach also designed and implemented the first official policies and procedures to guide all public affairs activities for the Eastern Colorado health care system. He is also certified in National Incident Management System for Advanced Public Information Officers at the Department of Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Schupbach served in the U.S. Air Force from 1998-2002, with multiple overseas deployments. He was honored with numerous commendations and awards, including five Air Force Achievement Medals.