As a longtime Jamestown resident, Dawn Cassil didn't know how much went into city government. When she became Jamestown's city clerk in April, she immediately enjoyed being involved in the intimate details.
"I love interacting with the public," Cassil said. "There's always something interesting going on in the city of Jamestown."
So far, she's worked with information on the city's updated wastewater treatment plant, resident concerns and city documents.
The wastewater treatment plant project, engineered by Bartlett & West, is expected to be completed July 31.
When Mayor Larry Borts approached Cassil about the position, she initially planned to decline. Now, she is glad she accepted and knows more about the needs of the community.
"I've been rural my entire life, but there are elections and dog licenses all those things I never paid attention to before," Cassil said.
Most of her duties include resident and city accounts, attending monthly Board of Aldermen meetings and addressing other day-to-day business. Her goal is to be as accessible to the public as possible. She also plans to implement new technology.
"I just want to have a happy, welcoming city hall for anyone who needs to do business with us," Cassil said.
Jamestown City Hall office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. City staff can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
One challenge Cassil noted about the city clerk position is learning how to address the diversity of residents' concerns. She said she is not afraid to work hard to get things done.
A part-time city employee, Cassil also works as a bookkeeper at Advanced Chimney in Jamestown.
In her free time, she practices yoga and plans to become a certified instructor. She enjoys attending community events like Jamestown's Labor Day celebration.