; Life is like champagne......: First Day back to work

Thursday, November 19, 2009

First Day back to work

Yesterday was my first day of Public Service as an elected official. I have been out of the working world for over three years and was excited to get back in. Let me tell you a little bit about my job.
This past election I was elected to the position Town Treasurer. I sign checks, reconcile the accounts, involved with investments and the Town Finance Manager. I basically am a backup checker to the books. There are no set hours, what ever the time is needed is what you make of it. I have a desk, no computer(yup, this is described in the next paragraph), a phone and walking into procedures that have occurred for a long period of time.
What did I find on the first day? I have no computer, everything has been written out on ledgers by hand. I plan on asking for a computer today and will take a lot of time to update much of the info in it. The Town Hall is so warm, it is stifling! Each department has their thermostat set separately and ranges around 74 degrees! I am use to having my home set at 63 and when the wood stove is going it gets up to 67 at the most. I am sure many of these employees do not have this temperature set at their homes. There are other issues which need to be addressed, probably not going to be the most popular person there and I know change is not easy but this is important to be able to run the town more efficiently and outgoing to the public. I will keep you posted on life is public office.

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2 comments:

An English Shepherd said...

Congratulations on your new post. I am sure the tax payers may be happy ;-)

Wizz :-)

katy said...

Good luck at your new job. It sounds exciting and challenging.