New Member Profile: Jonathan Cain

Posted on February 24, 2019

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Jonathan Cain

Administrative Intern, City of Idaho Springs, CO


So far, what’s your proudest accomplishment in 2019?

I am a Graduate Student at the University of Colorado Denver, and I just submitted my Research Proposal for my Thesis. That was a moment a long time coming. At work, I have been really engaged in some Grant Writing projects that will really help my City, Idaho Springs, CO, to develop and replace infrastructure. At home, I have two small daughters and I’d say that my biggest accomplishment there is juggling work commitments to show them that they are always my proudest accomplishment.

Valentines Day is in February. What do you “love” about your job?

I love everything about my job. I am in a two year “Internship” which was funded partially by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and partially by the City of Idaho Springs. It’s part of a program called “The Best and Brightest”, and it’s an opportunity to work full time while completing my Graduate Degree. My family has roots in the Town I work in going back to 1860, and it’s been a dream come true to work here and learn from the Mayor, City Council, Staff, and especially my mentor, the City Administrator. I’ve worked on a lot of different kinds of things, and I am the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and the Treasurer of our Pack Burro Racing Board of Directors. It’s a great town, filled with great people, and I love it.

(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to…

Swim the Maui Channel.

10 Year Challenge! What were you doing in 2009? How did it help you reach your current position?

In 2009, I was working for a Start Up Company called SwimLabs Swim Schools. I have been a swimmer my whole life- the sport has made me the person I am today and shaped the philosophies that I have about working in City Government. My boss gave me a simple job there: Let’s figure out how to teach and coach people to swim better, faster. Through that process, I learned how to engage people across many different platforms, I learned to write well enough to be published, and I learned I have a passion for Coaching and helping people. Ultimately, it was what drove me to go to Grad School and enter this profession.

(Complete the sentence) The first time I heard about ELGL was…

I have known about it for awhile, but I just attended the CCCMA Conference in Glenwood Colorado, and attended an ELGL session there. That was where I really learned about the organization.

What question should we have asked? 

What are you hoping for in the future? For me personally, it’s that I continue to grow in my knowledge as a City Administrator, that I successfully complete Grad School, and that I find good ways to balance being a Dad and Working for a City I love.

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