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

Posted on June 21, 2014

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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

Connect: LinkedIn

Q & A

(Complete these phrases) Best thing about the….

80’s was……. 12/31/1989funny-picture-internet-amazing-the-beginning

90’s was……  Internet

00’s was…..  Discharged from the Army and graduated college

Last year was….. Starting graduate school

Today is….  Hope for tomorrow!

Tell us about three accomplishments that you are most proud of.

  • My son
  • Graduated from college
  • Served in the Army

(Complete this sentence) I feel old when I……..exercise.

Name two people that would you want in your dream selfie.

Scarlett Johansson

Nelson Mandela

Tell us about two mistakes that you’ve made that we can learn from.

  • Never let someone else determine your path for you.
  • Give your all in the moment. Don’t look back and regret not doing something you could have done.

Give us three of your favorite YouTube videos.

  • Any Fail Army video
  • Newfie meets snow
  • Babies laughing

Our annual conference will be held in October 2014. Name three topics or speakers that should be included on the conference agenda.

  • Where to find the jobs and how to get your foot in the door.
  • Affordable Care Act and its effect on local government.

Parent(s) can be influential in career choices of their kids. What was the career path of your parent(s)?

My parents’ lack of career path was influential on me. They all ended up in thankless jobs and/or laid off. All working to make someone else rich.

Name three of your mentors and describe them in five words.

  • JD Shelton: Smart, funny, leader, supportive, honest.
  • Ed Evans: Trustworthy, honest, humble, supportive, encouraging.
  • David Crossin: humble, patient, understanding, leader, smart.

Your hometown…..what is it best known for?download (1)

Wooster, Ohio. Where Rubbermaid began.

How can ELGL best contribute to the public sector?

Helping young, eager, qualified professionals get their foot in the proverbial door.

Give us two items that are broken in local government.

  • Intergovernmental cooperation.
  • Revenue systems.

Fast forward one year, what will factor into your decision on whether to renew your ELGL membership?

Whether or not it has expanded my network of like-minded professionals.

Give us two ideas for attracting and retaining talented individuals to the public sector.images

  • Sell the public service aspect. People want to serve the public good, but do not necessarily put public sector employment together with public service.
  • Flexible schedules and work at home opportunities.

What questions should we have asked?

  • How did you hear about ELGL?
  • Why did you join ELGL?

What question(s) do you have about ELGL?

(more of an observation) The website is a little difficult to navigate. Could you modify the menu options a little?

Supplemental Reading

Master of Public Administration – Appalachian State

King, North Carolina

Guilford College: Home

The Ultimate Advisory Board

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