FOR THE PUBLIC: Corey Bennett Shaver of Grass Valley
My job title: Office clerk for City of Nevada City.
What I do in my job: I wear a lot of hats. Public relations (front office), greet people and attend to their needs, and answer phones at City Hall. I process utility billing and collections thereof. I assist the city clerk in preparing agendas for public meetings and a variety of duties as assigned.
Why my job is important to the public: I’m the gateway in providing courteous, professional assistance for a variety of requests and needs. I’m on the front line. It’s important to me to represent the city by being friendly and knowledgeable, leaving people satisfied, with a positive lasting impression.
The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I’m a multi-task-oriented individual. My position has been referred to as the “hot seat.” I provide personality, patience, and politeness.
The best part of my job is when: I receive kudos and thanks from people who find me helpful and informative.
The part of my job that I like least is: When I’m unable to provide the correct answers to questions the public is asking.
A day of work I’ll always remember was… March 20, 2002 – the devastating fire in downtown Nevada City and how our community pulled together for the victims and emergency personnel.
How I got my job: I responded to an advertisement in The Union. I applied
and went through the standard governmental interview process. I understand that approximately 50-plus applications were received for this position.
How long I’ve been working here: It will be eight years in March of 2003.
My dream job would be: A stay-home mom. It’s hard work but very rewarding (the few times I’ve been able to try it). Also, it would allow me to assist in their classrooms and volunteer in the community, therefore satisfying my public relations needs.
My family: Three wonderful children: my son, Paul, 17; and daughters Kirsten, 11, and Allison, 6. My husband and best friend, Richard. Local family members include my aunt, Linda Bennett – incredible lady – and lots of cousins and their families. My parents live in Southern California. My brother and sister and their families live out of state.
My hobbies: Outdoor activities (preferably spring and summer), horses, and lounging by the pool watching my kids swim.
When I was a kid, I… grew up in Southern California and spent most of my time at the beach, horseback riding, and played nine years of soccer beginning at age 7. I graduated from high school in 1980.
If money was no object, I would: Experience more traveling in our nation and abroad with my family. I would give more to charities. Though I enjoy working, I probably wouldn’t need to full time, thus enabling me to donate more of my time to the community.
My dream vacation: Very simple… a beach, warm sun, water, and a cold drink with one of those little umbrellas in it. I would like my husband there, too!
If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Meg Ryan (so my family says).
My hero: I don’t have a hero. But, I do have a mentor. I’d like to acknowledge my uncle, Don Bennett. He truly is (was) “one of a kind” and will forever be in my heart.
The best book I’ve read lately was…”Death of an Angel” by Joseph Harrington. I just recently started it … so far, very good. With my schedule, I haven’t read a book for a long time.
The soundtrack to my life would include these songs: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “To the One Who Knows” and “In My Life.”
I like living in Nevada County because… It’s a small but growing community with good people and a sound foundation to raise a family or retire, which I’m doing both, right here at home.
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