What’s something you’ve learned since working for the City?
“This is the first line of employment that has caused me to embrace empathy for those who I come into contact with while performing the duties of my position. Things are not always clear and oftentimes there are other issues surrounding the lives that you come into contact with. I learned early that each inspection process requires the inspector to reset their internal empathy button.”
What’s the hardest part of your job?
“This position oftentimes puts an inspector in a place to witness poor living conditions and the people living in them and more so, the children living in them.”
What’s the best part of your job?
“My co-workers. Since graduation, I have worked as a traveling commercial project manager and for the state of Missouri performing heavy highway construction inspections. While there were decent support networks of co-workers at both, my employment within the City of Springfield network has been amazing. Had I known years ago that the City of Springfield was comprised of this level of quality human infrastructure, I would have been knocking on the door looking for employment then.”
Do you work to live, or do you live to work?
“I enjoy work and a job done well. Whether that is my primary job of working for BDS, working on my home or farm, or working with one of the several philanthropic groups. My hobbies are fairly expensive and they require me to work to live.”