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City Spotlight

DeKalb is a great place to live, work, and play. In effort to highlight those that work to make DeKalb great, we are starting a new series called “City Spotlight”. In this series, we will be highlighting individuals that help to enhance the culture and life of DeKalb. 




Nov 09

An interview with Traci Lemay, Fire Department Administrative Analyst

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 2:20 PM by Chris Jackson

DeKalb is a great place to live, work, and play. The "City Spotlight" series is a new effort to highlight the people who work to make DeKalb great.For our fifth installment, we spoke with Traci Lemay, who is the Fire Department's Administrative Analyst
 
Lemay, Traci
Q: What is one reason you are #ProudlyDekalb?

A: DeKalb has many of the amenities of a larger city (public transportation, entertainment venues, sporting events, etc.) but is able to maintain a small town community atmosphere.

Q.If you were sent to live on a space station for three months and only allowed to bring three personal items with you, what would they be? 

A: I would bring my laptop, sewing machine, and guitar. My laptop because I could read books, watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, work on genealogy, and video chat with people back on Earth; my sewing machine to make quilts; and my guitar to play.
 space guitar 

Q: If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the future or in history would you visit? 

A: I would visit 1840 Caldwell/Crittenden County Kentucky. I am stuck on a few of the genealogical lines from my dad’s side of the family and would be able to talk to them and ask them the questions to which I can’t find answers.

Q: What is your favorite line from a film or television show? 

A: Either  “People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.” from The American President" or “Hold that hog leg” from McClintock

Q: If money were no object, how would you spend your birthday?

A:  At the spa in the Hershey Hotel in Hershey Pennsylvania having a chocolate escape treatment

tumblr chocolate fountains

Q: Describe your outlook on life in six words

 
A: Live well, laugh often, love much!

Q: What is your favorite way to spend time off from work? 

A: With family and friends; trapshooting; or alone time reading, quilting, or working on genealogy.

Q: What is one of your favorite places to eat in DeKalb and why? 

A: Twins Tavern for their pot roast sandwich.

 
twin tavern 




Thank 
you Traci for taking the time to answer our questions!


Ellen Lindgren
Jul 19

An interview with Ellen Lindgren, Customer Service Representative

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 2:55 PM by City of DeKalb

DeKalb is a great place to live, work, and play. The "City Spotlight" series is a new effort to highlight the people who work to make DeKalb great.For our fourth installment, we spoke with Ellen Lindgren, who is one of City Hall's front counter Customer Service Representatives! 

 Ellen Lindgren

Q: What are your job duties?

A: I accept revenues for City billings including utility payments, parking and miscellaneous fines. I also assist customers in person and via telephone to direct them to appropriate personnel. I process returned water bills, sort incoming and outgoing mail, and other miscellaneous duties.

Q. What is one reason you are #ProudlyDekalb?

A: I am #proudlydekalb due to the District 428 School System. We came to this area when my son was going into 7th grade and he started at Clinton Rosette. When we came to a visit that prior May, we met the Band Director which later became my son’s first Saxophone Teacher. This started him on a path that would eventually be his “lot in life”. The Band Program within District 428 is fabulous, worked well for my son and much better than any around.

Q: If you could learn any skill, what would it be
and why? sleeping animal polar bears

A: I’d love to learn how to build furniture or even make pottery!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Sleep and also spend time with my family.


Q: What do you think the secret to a good life is?

A: I absolutely think that the secret to a good life is to have a Great Sense of Humor. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and situations so you don’t drive yourself crazy.

Q: If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive), who you choose and where would you go?
 

A: I would go on a road trip with my father (deceased) and my son. We would go where we had family vacations when I was a girl; up to Tomahawk, Wisconsin where my Dad taught me how to fish and caught my first Northern Pike. 

Q: What book or movie have you read/seen lately that you would recommend and why?

A: I haven’t seen anything new; however I love Avatar and can’t wait for the new ones. I also love all Star Trek!

Q: 
What is a hidden talent you have?

A: Ingenuity. I have always been able to make something from nothing.


Ellen Lindgren


Thank you Ellen for being able to take a break from the front counter to answer our questions!


Ellen Lindgren
Jun 03

An interview with Doug Eaton, the City of DeKalb's Planning Technician

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 11:17 AM by City of DeKalb

DeKalb is a great place to live, work, and play. The "City Spotlight" series is a new effort to highlight the people who work to make DeKalb great. In this series, we will be highlighting individuals that help to enhance the culture and life of DeKalb. For our third installment, we spoke with Doug Eaton, who is the City's Planning Technician! 

 Eaton, Doug

Q: What is your favorite thing about your job?

A: Besides loving what I do, I’m grateful to be in a position in which I interact with so many different fellow City of DeKalb employees on a daily basis.

Q: 
What is your favorite book and why?

A: “Interview with a Vampire” by Anne Rice.  It’s full of suspense and has a lot to say about relationship and the human condition.


Q:What is one reason you are Proudly DeKalb
?

A: We have great sporting events to watch with DeKalb High School and NIU.

NIU Football Stands

Q: What kitchen appliance do you use every day?

A: 
The refrigerator.  Food is good.

Q: What is your favorite outdoor activity?
 

A: I love camping with Boy Scout Troop 4 here in DeKalb.  We go caving, canoeing, kayaking, zip lining, biking, fishing, play Ultimate; it’s a blast.  I also enjoy running half-marathons.

Q: What is your favorite zoo animal?Doug and his monkeys

A: 
Probably monkeys.  There’re always exploring.

Q: 
What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you?

A: 
I was selected for the Employee Spotlight.



Thank you Doug for being able to take a break from GIS mapping to answer our questions!