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Member Profile: Jeff Riggs
Management Intern
City of Chandler, City Manager's Office

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Chandler, and I lived there for several years before moving to Gilbert. When I was seven, my family moved again to the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, and we stayed there until I moved to Tucson to attend the U of A.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Dr. Vanacour, the head of ASU's Urban Management program, called me after ASU accepted me into their MPA program, and he told me that I looked like a good candidate for local government. After talking to him, I started doing some research and found the variety and challenge of the profession to be very exciting. The direct impact of local government also dovetailed with a longstanding desire of mine to help out my community, so I changed my MPA focus and began pursuing a career in local government.

What do you like most about your job?
Chandler, where I am currently a Management Intern, has been great about getting me exposure to a wide variety of areas within city management, and simply being able to learn so much about so many different areas has been one of my favorite parts of the job. I also like developing solutions to projects in my job, I really enjoy getting to play with different ideas and figuring out how to best solve a problem.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
It's hard to pick, but I would say that economic development and finance are some of the most interesting aspects of local government.

As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
So far I would have to say the business database I helped design and build with our Economic Development team. The database gives them an important insight into how our local businesses are setup and simplifies a lot of tasks to help the division.

What was the last book you read?
It's been out for a while, but I had some free time recently and just finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
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