Since ELGL is not a big fan of icebreakers and since we would rather not know what animal you want to be, this blog feature will serve as a means of introducing new members. While you won’t learn about their favorite animal, you will learn about their ideal Sunday morning, which dead people would they FaceTime with, and which song best describes their life.
Name: Dylan Digby
Current Position: Public Improvement Specialist
Tell us about three projects that you are working on.
I recently completed West Linn’s 6-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and was closely involved in the associated biennial budgeting process for our Public Works Department (Streets, Water, Waste Water, Storm Water, Vehicle Maintenance, and Public Works Support Funds). Both required a great deal of detailed effort and an excessive amount of spreadsheets, but I learned a tremendous amount about the City’s operations and planning for the future. Once the nuts and bolts of the CIP projects and funding were established, I really enjoyed the graphic design element of the project, which I was able to do again on our upcoming Water Quality Report as well as with an ID/access card project. I’m beginning to return to a backlog of more “regular” tasks (if there is such a thing) of researching and resolving easement and right-of-way infrastructure issues and preparing for upcoming capital projects.
(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to…
Be a grandfather. I love being a relatively new dad (ages 5 and 2) and can’t wait to do it all over again as a grandfather (and no, not because I can send them back to their parents).
Describe the inside of your car:
Lots of child car seats and several scrapes in the interior from hauling kids bicycles everywhere we go. You’ll also find remnants of tree bark and a few random pieces of wood from a statewide collection of sticks my boys have started. There is always a couple hidden lollipops that materialize whenever we have guests in the van and need to bring the decibel level down. There are surprisingly few toys as I’ve found they would rather play with sticks and empty boxes.
My Father, a dedicated biomedical electrical engineer who designed implantable pacemakers and defibrillators. He has a wall full of patents, including some pioneering designs that are still used by biomedical companies across the world. He wore one of his own pacemakers for many years before passing away. He always pushed his four boys to get an education, keep up with technology, and was always full of career advice.
Most recent concert:
Summer concerts in the park in West Linn and surrounding areas. Can’t remember the band names, but they were all fun. Looking forward to the upcoming season.
If you could only visit five websites for the next year, which ones would you choose?
- You Tube
Best career accomplishment:
I am probably most proud of my recent upward career progress at the City of West Linn and having the opportunity to be involved in a variety of special projects beyond the daily routine job tasks, including the “publishing” of a Capital Improvement Plan book.
What song best describes your life?
This is a hard one, but to avoid the risk of being hit with Mmm Bop for not picking something I’ll go with: “It’s A Beautiful Day” (don’t let it get away) by U2. To me it is about being happy with what you have and remembering that every day counts, so make the most of it.
If you could FaceTime or Skype with three people either dead or alive, who would they be?
Barring family members who have passed, it would be God, Jesus, and Buddha.
Suggest two or three topics for the ELGL annual conference.
- Government legal basics for young professionals.
- Contract creation and administration.
- Municipal budgeting, beyond the basics.
Favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning:
Wake up in a tent and enjoy a sunny day outside near or on a body of water.
becoming more like business.
a great place to grow.
What’s the meaning of life?
Get back to me after my Skype session.
What question(s) should I have asked you?
Would you have liked to be warned of all the intimate and existential questions you would be asked when you signed up for ELGL?
I guess it wouldn’t really have mattered, I would still want in.
- Joshua Allen, Program Manager at Umatilla Basin Watershed Council
- Jeremy James, Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, Attorney
- Michael Rizzitiello, Beaverton Economic Development Coordinator
- Pavel Gubanikhin, Eugene Senior Budget Analyst
- Aaron Bogle, City of Beaverton, Neighborhood Program Project Specialist
- Scott Pingel, Dayton City Manager
- Rob Caballero, Willamette University MBA
- Melanie Cutler, Oregon Department of Revenue
- Stephanie Tripp, Oregon Health Authority, Public Affairs
- Andrew Spaeth, Oregon State Master of Public Policy
- Carlos Soriano, Business & Employment Specialist at State of Oregon
- Ellen Currier, Lane Council of Governments
- Eric Battles, University of Southern California
- Michelle Tagmyer, City of Beaverton Public Information
- Evan Fransted, University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs
- Ben Patinkin, Patinkin Research Strategies
- Emma Williams, Oregon Metro
- Nick Herrera, State of Oregon
- Lauren Stott, Village of Montgomery, IL
- Beth Otto, City of Lake Oswego and PSU MURP Student
- Bradley Olin, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
- Adam Hackman, Drake University MPA Student
- Tamara Richards, City of Eugene
- Scott Aycock, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
- Dan Blue, City of Gresham
- Michael Parkhurst, City of Gresham
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.