For The Public, Gary Spriggs, Grass Valley
My job title: Network services manager for Nevada County.
What I do in my job: Operate and maintain the communications network providing computer and telephone service to Nevada County government offices in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee.
Why my job is important to the public: Quick and reliable communication is essential to any modern service organization, especially government.
The special skills and talents I bring to my job: 26 years of experience in similar electronics and engineering jobs with the U.S. Air Force, plus a graduate degree in computer science from California State University, Sacramento.
The best part of my job is when: I can provide a new or innovative way to use existing technology – proving people are still the most important part of any organization.
The part of my job that I like least is: Trying to work with people who insist on impossibly short deadlines.
A day of work I’ll always remember was: The “Y2K” Party on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1999. Despite all the disaster predictions and having technical staff available to deal with possible computer outages, nothing happened. We popped the cork on some sparkling cider at midnight and all went home by 1 a.m.
How I got my job: I answered an advertisement in The Union from the County Personnel Office.
How long I’ve been working here: Six years.
My dream job would be: The one I have now.
My family: Married to the former Tina Matthewson of Grass Valley for 25-plus years and one daughter, Laurie, 22. She is attending Bible college with her husband in Dallas, Texas.
My hobbies: Aviation (licensed commercial pilot and part-time flight instructor), music (saxophone, clarinet and church choir), cooking and woodworking.
When I was a kid, I: Liked playing “Cowboys and Indians.”
If money were no object, I would: Have a summer home in Alaska on a private lake (for fishing and seaplane transportation) and return to Nevada County during the winter.
My dream vacation: A cruise around the world with my wife.
If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Jimmy Stewart.
The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My wife, Tina, and the brothers of Nevada Lodge No. 13, Free and Accepted Masons.
My hero: My father, Robert Spriggs, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
The best book I’ve read lately was: “The Teeth of the Tiger” by Tom Clancy. He combines a great story line with meticulous, well-researched realism.
The soundtrack to my life would include: The soundtrack from “The Last Samurai,” “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, and anything by Andreas Vollenweider.
I like living in Nevada County because: It reminds me of the small town in West Virginia where I grew up but is close enough to the city to take advantage of cultural events, shopping, restaurants, etc.
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