Today marks the one-year anniversary of when I started working for the city.
I’m surprised at how quickly time went by. I’d like to take a moment to pause and reflect on what I’ve learned this past year.
- The front counter gal on the planning side makes a mean cup of coffee. Thank God.
- And…I don’t ever want to do her job. She interacts with the public every day, yet keeps all the cogs of the planning and permitting department running. She’s a rock star.
- It’s possible to get promoted twice in one year and never leave your cubicle.
- Engineers don’t change: no news is good news.
- Everyone has a story. If you’re lucky, they’ll tell it to you.
- Engineers still have the corniest sense of humor on the planet.
- Even if you put meetings on an Outlook calendar, people might miss it.
- Passion for excellence and doing it right inspires.
- Shelton’s department directors accept walk-in appointments. They remain accessible.
- Dressing up too much makes you look suspicious. See below…
Coworker, smiling: “You look really nice today.”
Me, smiling: “Thanks!”
Coworker: “Do you have a job interview or something?”
Me, stifling an inner sigh: “No, I only wanted to feel like a grownup today.“
- Everyone wears multiple hats and covers at least one other job. Don’t undervalue employees. Small cities create mighty workers.
- Both kinds of milk containers are recyclable.
- Just because someone says they know the winning Powerball numbers doesn’t mean they do.
Thank you, Shelton, for an opportunity that turned into a great adventure. Here’s to many more!