Nancy Elms - Administrative Assistant, Public Works

Nancy began working for the City in 2014.

What do you like most about your job?

“Getting to help people.”

What was your first job?

“Actually, working for a city public works department. At age 15, I was painting fire hydrants and street sign posts in my small hometown in Arkansas during a summer work program. The next summer they moved me into the Water Department office, where I learned that red ink is not used just because it’s a pretty color.”

What was parents’ best advice?

“Dad used to always say, “if you don’t have it in your head, you will have to have it in your feet” ... meaning if I wasn’t smart enough to keep gas in my car, then I would end up having to walk (this was before cell phones). Only did that once!”

What was your most memorable toy?

“My Easy Bake Oven that I received at Christmas when I was 7.”

What was your first car?

“A 1962 Dodge Dart with push-button transmission. Sadly, I didn’t keep it.”

What is your favorite thing to make in the kitchen?

“DESSERT! Pies, cakes, cookies...”

outdoor, winter portrait of Nancy Elms in a snow-covered cemetery