Meet Amy Rocklewitz
Supervisor, Recreation & Parks
42 years with the City of Santa Rosa
Meet Amy Rocklewitz, one of the friendly supervisors in the Recreation & Parks department. Here, Amy is seen about to take the returning and newly hired Recreation & Parks employees for a tour of the reservable areas in our City of Santa Rosa parks aboard Rosie the Trolley. Most days, Amy oversees youth and adult sports; as well as citywide park permits including sports fields and courts, picnic areas, and special event permits. Growing up, Howarth Park was Amy’s backyard. She volunteered in the pony corral and animal barn during the summer. At 15 years old, Amy was hired as a lifeguard at the boathouse making her one of the first female lifeguards in Howarth Park. She continued to work weekends and summers through high school and college as Park Manager and Camp Wa-Tam Director. Through this work, Amy met one of her many mentors, Eric Jorgeson, who was the Recreation Superintendent at the time. She followed in his footsteps, attending Chico State and earning her degree in Recreation Administration. After college, Amy continued working part-time for the City of Santa Rosa but spent several years with the YMCA and Sports American Tours. In 1991, Amy became a full-time employee of the City of Santa Rosa as a recreation coordinator and eventually promoted to recreation supervisor. As a supervisor, Amy finds it very rewarding to create positive experiences and opportunities for residents to enjoy. She cares deeply about the customers and staff, and in turn they keep her motivated, challenged, and coming back year after year. Applying for a job with the City of Santa Rosa was Amy’s way of coming home to where it all began and where her family lives. Amy is very driven to make things better and she wants to leave things in better shape than when she started. One way Amy accomplishes this is to mentor staff hired in the Recreation Division and inspire a passion for community and recreation. She strives to be a positive female role model for others pursuing management positions. Amy’s advice for other women? Be yourself, work hard, and make sure you’re happy in whatever career path you choose. When Amy isn’t working, you can find her spending quality time with her family, volunteering for and traveling to attend her daughter’s many sporting activities and traveling with her family. Her favorite spot is Lake Almanor but was very excited to visit France in 2019 to watch the Women’s World Cup soccer game.