Member Profile: Jennifer Reichelt
Deputy Director: Marketing/Communications Department
City of Glendale

Where are you originally from?
I consider Yuma, Arizona my hometown -- my family moved there when I was eight. However, I was born in Huron, South Dakota and lived in Montana and Idaho before my family moved to Yuma. I lived in Flagstaff for six years while attending NAU and for the past six years I've been working and living in Glendale.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I've always been interested in government activities - I ran for my first student council position in 5th grade! But, I was first exposed to local government activities while in high school. I had the opportunity to participate in a program called Yuma Youth Leadership, which provided students an overview of all the facets and functions of local government. This experience was an eye opener and it was the first time I was exposed to and understood all the responsibilities of city and county governments. While in college I also had the opportunity to get involved with the local community and was able to witness first hand the power and impact of local government. I felt that a career in local government would allow me to be a part of an organization, which has the ability to not only impact but also improve the quality of life for others.
What do you like most about your job?
I like knowing that my job in local government makes a difference in the daily lives of our residents and that I work in an organization that positively impacts the community. I enjoy that each day is different - no two days are the same and there is never a dull moment. I have had the tremendous opportunity to work on a wide range of projects - and it's exciting to see a project through to completion and to know that I was part of the team that made it a reality.
What areas of local government interest you the most?
I think that's the joy of our profession - you are exposed to and have the opportunity to work on a number of diverse projects. The projects I've enjoyed most deal with economic development, redevelopment opportunities and downtown Glendale. Right now I get to work with our Office of Tourism and Civic Center and I'm enjoying the experience.
As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
That's a tough question! Most recently I would have to say that I am most proud of the completion of our Downtown Plaza and Civic Center Annex project. This was a project I was part of from the beginning concept all the way through to the grand opening celebration. It was exciting to see our initial concept developed into renderings and construction plans and then to see the idea actually become a reality. A former parking lot was converted into a pedestrian plaza and a former bank building was renovated and expanded to provide additional meeting rooms for the Civic Center. The completion of the Downtown Plaza project enhances downtown Glendale and benefits the community.
What are your hobbies?
When I'm not at work I love going to the movies, watching my Tivo (best invention ever) or curling up with a good book. During the school year I lead a mid-week children's program at my church and I look forward to seeing the kids each week. I've also recently taken up running - I'm trying to learn to enjoy it more - I'm hoping that if I keep with it a bit longer I'll be a fan.
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