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Member Profile
Pamela Alexander
Senior Fiscal Analyst
Development & Sustainability Dept.
City of Mesa

Where are you originally from?
Tucson, Arizona

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I enjoy serving the community and local government provides me an opportunity to dedicate my profession to an organization that serves the community. Over the last fourteen years I have been able to provide support services to the City of Mesa through involvement in preparing and tracking budgets for some of the largest and most complex departments, working as an integral team member to develop long-term capital improvement projects with an understanding of how impact fees and enterprise funds may be used to help fund essential city services. Additionally, I have been part of department management teams to support departmental visions and goals.

What do you like most about your job?
I have worked for a number of directors, with positions in public works, budget, police and development services. I have enjoyed all of my assignments and believe each position has built upon a strong foundation as a public service professional. However, what I enjoy the most is sharing my knowledge and skills with the individuals I supervise. I am gratified to see employees I have supervised develop, grow and promote to other positions within the city.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
I find the funding of city infrastructure processes the most interesting. Not only is it expensive and challenging to fund, it is also often the unseen necessity, that many residents seem to take for granted until they are inconvenienced by something like a water line break during their morning commute. Additionally, I enjoy the challenge of developing long-term strategic funding plans anticipating growth and the needs of the community.

As a local government professional, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
I have been fortunate to experience many career accomplishments. However, the one that I am the most proud of is being a member of the city team for the first successful voter-approved secondary property tax election to fund law enforcement and transportation projects. I spent over a year and a half on this assignment and to this day it has been the most memorable experience I was a part of that resulted in direct community impact. In addition, I consider the success and growth of the employees I supervise a huge accomplishment as well. Knowing that I make a difference to my co-workers and colleagues by taking the time to develop and mentor staff, helping them to reach their full career potential within the organization is something I am also very proud of.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
The best advice I received is from my father who shared with me the importance of a strong work ethic and being a person who has the reputation for being trustworthy and honest, with the communication skills necessary to get the job done in a professional manner. I have taken this advice seriously and it is one of my guiding principles as to how I make decisions and work within local government.
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