City Administrator, City of Clintonville
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Grocery store cashier
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
Armstrong Atlantic State University (U) Georgia Southern University (G) History (U) Public Administration (G)
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
From undergrad – many of my history classes. From Grad – grant writing, public budgeting, program evaluation
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
I’m fighting for the girls who never thought they could win.
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to read but I highly recommend Leaders Eat Last and Start With Why by Simon Sinek.
Other than ELGL – do you belong to any other professional associations? Which one(s)?
WCMA and ICMA
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Not everyone is a people person or feels at ease in situations with strangers. That’s ok. You don’t have to be. If you can accept that about yourself, putting yourself out there anyway can actually be less stressful.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
Being late for an interview or not asking questions about the organization that demonstrate the applicant has researched it
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
Local government workers at every level make a direct and visible impact. Working in local government allows people to be part of the effort in improving the lives of an entire community and to be a part of something much bigger than themselves.
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I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.