Mt. Rushmore with Nick Smith, City of Gaithersburg, MD

Posted on August 25, 2017

It’s Mount Rushmore season for ELGL members. We’re asking for your top four list on a variety of topics.

Nick Smith

City of Gaithersburg, Maryland – Digital and Social Media Specialist

Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter

City Departments

  1. Public Information (my department!)
  2. Planning (the most important long-term)
  3. Parks (the most visible & yet also invisible)
  4. Public Works (the hardest-working)


  1. Salami/Soppressata
  2. Nuts
  3. Cheese
  4. Berries (but only if we’re counting Strawberries)

Office Pet Peeves (not sure why I’m honoring these things but okay)

  1. Super-forward, rapport-assuming sales emails from companies who I’ve never done business with
  2. People who try to enter things (trains, elevators) before other people have exited
  3. Having an office close to the break room and being able to smell the nasty stuff people reheat … or often worse, the delicious stuff
  4. People trimming their nails in public (will be a fireable offense anywhere I’m in charge)

Issues Facing Your City (from my narrow perspective)

  1. Managing the commingled expectations of highly-educated white-collar people and first-generation blue-collar immigrants, in every aspect from entertainment programming to sanctuary status
  2. Continuing to grow without upsetting the people who unwittingly represent our most recent growth
  3. Being so close to the nation’s capital/residence of a President who keeps essentially daring bad actors to “come at us, bro” on Twitter
  4. The state finally beginning construction of a long-promised highway interchange


  1. 4th of July (fireworks and grilling!)
  2. #CityHallSelfieDay (getting the whole City involved in what I do!)
  3. Take Your Dog To Work Day (office puppers!)
  4. The first Saturday of College Football Season (Football Christmas!)

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