Who Are You? with Stephanie Patterson, City of Powers, OR

Posted on December 26, 2015

As part of the grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles. 

Stephanie Patterson is the for City Recorder for the City of Powers, OR.


Complete the following sentences.

I feel…

…excited for the holidays, of course!

I joined ELGL…

…because a support network is essential in this line of work.

The last book that I read was…

…Book VII in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

If I had to buy a Fathead, I would buy…



You should probably know…

…that I am passionate about my work but I live for laughter.

Agree or Disagree?

Local government is innovative.

I agree. Local government has to be innovative to provide essential services to communities on increasingly shrinking budgets, so creativity and innovation are absolutely necessary.

You should stay at least two years in a job.

I agree. It is important to learn, grow, and elevate any job to your high standards. It can take time to make that happen.

Parks and Rec is the best TV show ever.


I disagree in general because I have never seen it…and I’d vote for X-Files first.

The best employees, not just the longest tenured, are rewarded in local government.

I disagree. Public employees often have to enforce unpopular rules or policies–sometimes established by the same people that created the rules! The contentious nature of the job sometimes means that financial or motivational rewards are seriously lacking. The satisfaction of having done a great job and sticking by our principles is usually enough, but the lack of support can drain motivation and sanity pretty quickly.

Publicly funded stadiums and arenas are a good idea.

I agree. The public can benefit economically and culturally from stadiums and arenas in the right places. Of course, they aren’t appropriate in many cases.

Cities need more bike lanes.

I disagree. I think bike lanes are great but I’ve never visited a city and thought, “This place could sure use more bike lanes.” The exception is in my town. We don’t have a bike lane at all and we really need one.

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