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My Story with Aimee Kane, City of Boulder, CO

Posted on December 29, 2014


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ELGL’s mission is to connect, communicate, and educate. In this ongoing series, ELGL members tell their story including how they got into local government. A few weeks ago the city of Boulder, CO joined ELGL as an organizational member, and today, we hear from one of their staffers –  Aimee Kane, Boulder Human Resources Customer Services Manager.

 

My most frustrating experience in local government is…. when people I meet start talking about how lazy government employees can be.

My top three career accomplishments are

  • Moving from the ½ time front desk receptionist in Planning and becoming the HR Customer Service Manager in 9 years.
  • Playing a lead role in hosting our employee engagement events celebrating our incredible staff.

When no one else is in the car, I…..sing.

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Loudly. Like a Rock Star. Or a Country Music Star. Or a Rapper.

I aspire to….change the culture of our organization to be a place where all employees feel this is an amazing place to work.

Right now, I am working on….Enhancing our recruitment and selection process so we can attract and retain the best in the business.

Here are three tips for interviewing……images

  • Be engaged, ask questions about the environment and culture of the organization.
  • Do your homework. Know about the organization, it’s mission, it’s vision, what the role entails.
  • Smile and look at everyone in the room.

In terms of telling the local government story, I think local government….is where things get done. Great communities and lives are built by an active local government and an engaged constituency working together.

If I could start a non-profit to assist local government, I would focus on….motivating municipal employees. The job is hard and we’re asked to do more with less, what other opportunities can we capitalize on to keep staff engaged and motivated with limited resources.

For the next person that you interview, I would ask

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…what do you do for fun at work?

You should have asked me….how I became a municipal employee.

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