For the public: Susan Roark |

For the public: Susan Roark

Susan Roark, Grass Valley

My job title: Senior Housing and Community Services technician in the Nevada County Planning and Housing Department.

What I do in my job: Provide mortgage assistance for first-time home buyers and loans for the rehabilitation of homes in the unincorporated areas of Nevada County.

Why my job is important to the public: I am helping to maintain affordable housing in our community.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I am patient, organized and friendly.

The best part of my job is: Seeing folks achieving their dreams of owning their first home and knowing that many are, through the rehab program, living in a now safe and healthy environment.

A day at work I’ll always remember was … : Just the “thank yous!”

How I got my job: A friend told me about a “temporary” job at the housing department.

How long I’ve been working here: Seven years.

My dream job would be: Doing what I do, but with unlimited resources.

My family: Husband, Tim, daughters Lindsey and Lauren, and son-in-law, Jeremy.

My hobbies: Reading and watching my girls play softball.

When I was a kid, I … : Always wanted to see people treated fairly.

My dream vacation: A long trip through Europe.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My husband and children.

My hero: My husband because he is such a nice person!

The best book I’ve read lately … : “House of Sand and Fog.”

I like living in Nevada County because … : It’s just so perfect here! The people, the weather can’t be beat.


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