Town of Marana
Where are you originally from?
Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I always knew I wanted to work in government in some capacity. In college, I thought I was going to be a diplomat living and working in a foreign
country. While I was doing my study abroad in Russia I realized that my place is on the domestic end of things. I came back and decided to go to
graduate school for public administration. During my graduate program I realized that local government is one of the best and fastest ways to
affect change in my community.
What do you like most about your job?
As a management assistant I work with most of the departments across the town. I really enjoy learning from my peers and gaining insight about
the services and programs provided by local municipalities. The camaraderie among co-workers and the connection it brings for future projects
is something I have really enjoyed in Marana.
What areas of local government interest you the most?
In my time with the town, I have gravitated toward technology services and the efficiencies created and services provided by the department.
Seeing the use of an application or piece of software to make things easier both internally and externally is something I think can be used
across the town. It has made me think differently about problem solving and how to approach new projects and how to ask the right types of
questions to help complete projects quickly and efficiently.
As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am immensely proud of the work done by the entirety of the town of Marana staff. I work with some amazingly dedicated and knowledgeable
individuals and together the quality of work is second to none. I am particularly proud of the work done during the World Golf Championships
Accenture Match Play Championship. This is truly a town-wide effort from engineering and police, to communications/marketing and economic
development; we all have a part to play to make that such a wonderful event.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
My grandfather always said "the first 100 years are the hardest." While each day, month and year might be difficult, the experiences and
opportunities are amazing. I also like to live by Ralph Waldo Emerson's: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too
high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."