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Jefferson City employee adapts to changes in City Hall

Jefferson City employee adapts to changes in City Hall

March 17th, 2019 by Danisha Hogue in Local News

Mark Wilson/News Tribune Anne Stratman is the Jefferson City Neighborhood Services Specialist is photographed at City Hall. She was previously an administrative assistant who worked closely with the major.

No matter what changes have come to the various departments inside Jefferson City Hall, Anne Stratman has stood through.

Approaching her 19-year anniversary with the city, Stratman's most recent change includes taking on the title of neighborhood services specialist.

Stratman said she is excited to work with first-time homebuyers in the city's down payment assistance program.

"I'll be working with those folks, and the city will fund that on a first come, first served basis," she said.

The Community Development Block Grant program provides funds to communities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Jefferson City received $286,021 for CDBG projects in 2018.

The down payment assistance program helps those who qualify with low-to-moderate income and first time home buyers.

Stratman started her new role in January. She previously worked as administrative assistant for the city's Department of Planning and Protective services, where she became familiar with CDBG. Now, she's excited to work with the project full time.

"I had absolutely no knowledge of the Community Development Block Grant program," she said. "But from being around and just kind of soaking everything up and asking questions and listening to people talk, you just get a pretty good idea of what's going on."

"To be able to start the whole process from beginning to end is what's going to be fun," she added.

Stratman began as a receptionist for the city's Department of Public Works in 2000. Through numerous renovations and moves, she said, she never had an issue adapting to change.

"Since I've been here, I've gone through two reorganizations," she said. "Then came a lot of other duties put on myself and my director — you had to be open to learning, open to change, and kind of roll with everything."

Learning new things is part of what keeps her passionate about her job.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading and running. She takes two of her four dogs, Rocky and TJ, out as her running buddies on a country road near Westphalia. On weekends she runs up to 6 miles.

"If I do a half-marathon this spring and this fall, I will be up to 10 half-marathons," Stratman said.

While spending time with her husband of 25 years and her two sons, she enjoys University of Missouri football and women's basketball.