For the public, Jeff Rahn
My job title: Assessment assistant for Nevada County
What I do in my job: I process homeowners’ exemptions and I help people on the terminals.
Why my job is important to the public: It is important for people looking to buy or sell homes. If someone has a question, I answer it.
The special skills and talents I bring to my job: You need to be very computer literate because the systems are kind of obtuse. The best skill is patience because people come in not knowing what they are after. It takes patience and a good-natured approach.
The best part of my job is when: I have successfully helped somebody. People are pleasantly surprised because many come in with a negative view of county government.
The part of my job that I like the least is: There are times when a person will come in with a problem I can’t help with.
A day of work I’ll always remember was: My first day when I was new and fresh. They needed me to start right away so it was a big day and I learned a lot in a hurry.
How I got my job: I applied about a year ago, but the county had a hiring freeze. It worked out pretty well because I was leaving my job at a book store at the time.
How long I’ve been working here: 6 months.
My dream job would be: A successful novelist. I enjoy writing.
My family: My mother lives in Grass Valley.
My hobbies: Writing, reading, and the computer. I used to be in theater.
When I was a kid, I…: used to wish I would be scooped up and taken away by aliens because I thought it would be really cool.
If money were no object, I would: I would have to see to it that all the soup kitchens and shelters would be funded forever.
My dream vacation: It would be a travelling vacation that would start with a cruise and go around the world by plane or boat.
If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Steve Martin.
The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My mother – she’s helped me find a lot of balance. Doris Bradley, a friend of the family.
The best book I’ve read lately was: “Rich Media, Poor Democracy”
I like living in Nevada County because…: I like the people. You have such a wide variety of people here. You have all the extremes rolled up into one. I also like the surroundings, I love being in the mountains and the forest.
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