What does 16 years look like?
All those years ago I sat in a room on South Street getting orientated about this new world called the OC.
I had left the comfort of the construction site where I along with 5,000 others help Universal Studios transform into Islands of Adventure. My viewpoint was no longer the changing landscape of this expansion job on Turkey Lake Road. I moved to the other side, now I was working in enforcement and compliance and ensuring the life, health and safety of the citizens of Orange County. I became an employee with Orange County Government and a public servant to the people.
From Permit Analyst working the front lines doing intake for trade permits for six months, to assisting the Chief Plans Examiner and Plans Reviewers for six months, I learn at the ground level.
As a Project Administrator, I worked on special projects big and small. I learned how to tell the story of who we were from the Management team.
For seven years I was tasked with supervision of upwards of 40 Analyst, Temporary staff, and student interns. I had a talented and knowledgeable group from 15 yrs young to 70 years old, talk about a generation gap. This grew me up and helped me gain my masters in Organizational Management.
I have had highs and lows. Worked under county four administrations, three division managers, countless department/division name changes. We have had births, deaths, been as high as 275 in numbers and as low as 89. We went through natural disasters tornadoes to three life-changing storms in the mist of a building boom. We relocated for 9 months and came back all shiny and new. We only closed for a day to do it.
We were riding high in 2003 and the bottom dropped out in 2008. We reduced staff, and out work hours but no one was laid off. We worked crazy hours with little business and met with uncertainties, and remained battered but not broken.
2011 we begin to work on a new system that launched on 2012. It was challenging and put us to the test.
For two years we have watched the building industry make a positive turnaround. Some staff left and some retired, some others returned. It has been an experience a journey unto its own path. I have both loved and hated the ride it has helped shape me into the person I am…happy to be called a Public Administrator and servant of the people.
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