For the public, Joann Adamich |

For the public, Joann Adamich

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My job title: Dispatcher for Waste Management of Nevada County

What I do in my job: What don’t I do? I dispatch orders out to drivers, I do some customer service, driver check-ins, reports for the county, recycling revenue.

Why my job is important to the public: It used to be a whole lot easier when the control center was here instead of in Sacramento. You had good customer relations. The most important thing is customer service; I mean, that is what it is all about.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: Patience, problem-solving. I am pretty good at calming people down.

The best part of my job is: I think when a problem arises, finding a solution, solving it and having a happy customer.

A day at work I’ll always remember was … : You’d be surprised at what happens here. Each year the Mother Lode Morgan Horse Show requests seven drop boxes in advance and we save them up. One year I completely forgot and the lady from the horse show called and asked about them. But we got them their boxes.

How I got my job: Just came in, interviewed for it, and they hired me.

How long I’ve been working here: Almost 15 years.

My dream job would be: Oh, I already had that. I was reservations manager for Aston Hotel and Resorts in Maui for eight years before I moved here.

My family: One son, Jarrod, and a 10-year old granddaughter, Brenna, who lives in Hawaii. My mom and three sisters live in the Bay Area and my 5-year-old niece, Katie, lives in San Jose.

My hobbies: Reading, huge sports fan – baseball, basketball, and football. I love to cook and ride motorcycles.

When I was a kid, I … : I played sports. We used to play a lot of baseball at the end of our street. We had five kids in the family and we were always doing something. I went to the library every Monday to check out books.

My dream vacation: Any place with a beach. Tahiti probably.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Judge Judy.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My father, Joe. My boyfriend, Ron.

My hero: My dad because of the things he taught me. He taught me about sports and to love to read. He was a very, very smart man considering he only had an eighth-grade education.

The best book I’ve read lately … : “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown.

I like living in Nevada County because … : Small town, friendly people.


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