Category: New Sensation

New Sensation: Cheryl Hughes, City of Palmdale, CA

Background Check Connect: LinkedIn Cheryl is an administrative analyst for the City of Palmdale (CA). She was named Employee of the Year for Palmdale Public Works in 2006 and Public Safety Practitioner of the Year in 2013. In her current role, Cheryl is responsible for management level duties over staff – both direct and indirectly managed staff and … Continued

Katherine Takai, ICMA Project Manager

  Connect with Katherine: LinkedIn and Twitter A graduate of Carnegie Mellon with an M.S. in Public Policy and Management, Katherine Takai is a project manager at ICMA. Her responsibilities include: managing and support several federal contracts with U.S. HUD and EPA, local governments, and private organizations and conducting research through in-depth case studies. Katherine was driven … Continued

New Sensation: Jon Funfar, Pasco (WA) Communications Specialist

Background Check City of Pasco, Washington, Communications Specialist Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter Jon Funfar was raised in Enumclaw and graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1987. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University, Jon worked at a number of video production/audio-visual positions, before being hired by the City of Enumclaw in 2000 as Media Services Manager and … Continued

New Sensation: Leslie Herring, Douglas County, Kansas

Background Check Connect: LinkedIn After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of Kansas in 2009, Leslie exercised her interest in local government by joining civic boards, commissions, and task forces in her home city of Mission, Kansas. She was a member of the City of Mission, KS, Sustainability Commission, Mission (KS) Convention and Visitors Bureau, League of … Continued

New Sensation: Elisabeth Wright, Village of Gilberts, IL

Background Check Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter Elisabeth Wright is a second year student in the Northern Illinois University MPA program. She also works as Management and Administrative Intern, Village of Gilberts. Her responsibilities include assisting with the identification of grant/funding opportunities and preparation of grant applications and completing research studies for the Village Administrator. Prior to working in Gilbert, … Continued

New Sensation: Laura Lake, Village of Morton Grove (IL)

Background Check Laura Lake graduated from Winona State University in 2013, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, a Political Science Major and a music performance minor. She is a classically trained Suzuki violinist of 15 years. She is entering her second year as a Master’s of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University. She’s also … Continued

New Sensation: William Doerfer, City of King (NC)

Vitals William Doerfer City of King, North Carolina Appalachian State University MPA Student Education: Guilford College, Bachelor of Arts Experience: Airborne Infantry Team Leader, US Army; Veterans’ Service Representative, Department of Veterans Affairs; and Intern, Town of Seven Devils Kirsten WyattI’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog … Continued

New Sensation: Pete Olson, Yorktown (IN) Town Manager

Background Check Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter Pete Olson became Town Manager in 2008 after serving as Director of Field Operations since 2006. Prior to serving in Yorktown, Pete was the City Manger of Union City, IN and City Administrator of Sutton, NE. Pete earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at … Continued

New Sensation: Jennifer Jones, Village of Oak Park, IL

Vitals Jennifer Jones Village of Oak Park  Parking Permits Supervisor    (Complete these phrases) Best thing about the…. 80’s was…music , and great movies 90’s was…… video games, clothes and music 00’s was….. social media, iPhone, technology growth and political change Last year was….. A good shift in the economy. Today is….better than yesterday. Tell … Continued

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