For the Public: Mark L. Thomas, Nevada City |

For the Public: Mark L. Thomas, Nevada City

Where I work: Nevada County Facilities Department.

My job title: Building maintenance specialist.

What I do in my job: I was hired to be a cabinet maker, but I do the plumbing and electrical, too. Cleaning sewers, mopping floors – anything that needs to be done. I even get the grand duty of shoveling snow.

Why my job is important to the public: I maintain the public assets. They have a lot of money invested in the buildings, and I keep them from rotting to the ground.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I am classified as a master journeyman cabinet maker and a journeyman level electrician. I also have an AA in environmental engineering.

The best part of my job: The people I work with.

A day at work I’ll always remember was … : At the state fair two years ago in Sacramento, there were five miniature houses and I made three of them. Building it was memorable and then I had to go home before the fair, but we won the Craftsmanship Award.

How I got my job: I just applied and I got it. I worked 15 years for Litton, and it was time for me to move on. I enjoyed working for that family.

How long I’ve been working here: Eight or nine years.

My dream job would be: Fishing.

My family: I have four daughters, four granddaughters, one grandson, and my wife, Roberta.

My hobbies: Fishing.

When I was a kid … : Fishing and woodworking – that is all I’ve ever done. My friends and I all had bicycles and we’d ride out to the fishing pond and go fishing.

My dream vacation: Fishing. That’s my plan when I retire. I want to fish every state in the union.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My grandfather and my father, because they are great men.

My hero: My dad.

The best book I’ve read lately: I read fishing magazines and the paper. I get two fishing magazines, In-Fisherman and North American Fisherman, and two newspapers, The Union and The Sacramento Bee.

I like living in Nevada County because: It is just a gorgeous place and it used to have a lot of wide-open space. Within 70 miles of this town there is the best fishing; you’ve got lakes and rivers and streams. It doesn’t snow much and you’ve got the four seasons, although we’ve been skipping spring and fall lately.


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