Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

An air of excitement filled attendees at the grand opening of the new Menifee City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 29, as the city mayor, council and staff cut the ribbon to officially open the new public offices. 

The move from the temporary city hall just around the corner was long anticipated by the staff which now enjoys the most up-to-date equipment, furnishings and other amenities designed to improve the public’s visits. Business and private industry representatives will find a more efficient process to gain building permits, development plan approvals and requests for other information quickly answered by a recently expanded staff, city officials said. 

The new two-story City Hall at 29714 Haun Road in the heart of downtown Menifee provides more parking than the previous city offices down the street at 29844 Haun Road. The previous offices and adjacent mobiles are now the home of the Menifee Municipal Police Department that will officially take over the city’s law enforcement efforts from the contracted Riverside County Sheriff’s Department July 1, 2020. 

Portions of the new City Hall, including the council chambers and other offices, have been open for several weeks. 

Mayor Bill Zimmerman, the attending city council members, City Manager Armando G. Villa, Police Chief Pat Walsh greeted the several hundred Menifee residents, state and county officials, business owners, Menifee Chamber of Commerce members and the media who attended the grand opening ceremonies. 

By way of a tour, visitors were handed a “passport” as they entered the building that offered a space to collect the signatures of each city office representative, and when completed, attendees could exchange them for a Menifee coffee cup handed out at the Bell Mountain Conference Room. Signs were posted in every city office explaining the office’s function along with the office managers and clerks who were available to answer questions. 

A buffet of sliders, chicken tenders, burritos and desserts was set up for visitors in the council chambers as a part of the two-hour celebration. 

They were invited to take a look behind the dais and staff seats, which are all equipped with the latest desktop computers, microphones and other gadgets that will be used in the bimonthly city council and other department meetings. Two large video screens behind the dais displayed videos of the city and its ongoing and upcoming projects. 

Painted on the walls throughout the new city hall was the city’s motto “New. Better. Best,” promising residents and the city’s commercial and industrial enterprises a more transparent and better life in the growing city, which is now nearing a population of 100,000, city officials said. 

City offices are open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (951) 672-6777 or fax (951) 679-3843. 

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.