FOR THE PUBLIC: Debbie Watkins, Grass Valley |

FOR THE PUBLIC: Debbie Watkins, Grass Valley

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My job title: Administrative clerk.

What I do in my job: Provide clerical support to the Public Works Department, as well as park and facility reservations.

Why my job is important to the public: They are able to speak to a person who can provide follow-up, rather than a machine.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: Fifteen years of experience in customer service.

The best part of my job is when: I am able to help someone solve their problem and put a smile on their face.

The part of my job that I like the least is: Yet to be seen….

A day of work I’ll always remember was …: The support my colleagues gave me when I found out my dad was hospitalized.

How I got my job: Perseverance and the Internet!

How long I’ve been working here: Eleven months.

My dream job would be: Working with animals. But I love the job I have.

My family: On the East Coast, Mom; dad; my brother, Glen. Locally, boyfriend, Bob; two dogs and three cats.

My hobbies: Raising my puppy Virgo for Guide Dogs for the Blind, volunteering for animal-related organizations.

When I was a kid, I …: Never dreamed I would live in California.

If money were no object, I would: Make my parents comfortable and travel.

My dream vacation: Alaskan cruise

If a move were made of my life, I would be played by: Julia Roberts. She’s kooky, like me.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My mother and father.

My hero: My boyfriend, Bob Wyatt.

The best book I’ve read lately was (and tell us why)…: “The Sky is Falling.” Fiction too close to the truth.

The soundtrack to my life would include these songs: It would be the soundtrack to “Grease!”

I like living in Nevada County because…: It has yet to lose its small-town charm.

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