Ashley has worked for the City since 2014.
What are three words to describe the City of Springfield?
Innovative, passionate and fun!
What’s something you’ve learned since working for the City?
Our staff make up some of the most thoughtful and caring people that I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. Our employees are constantly striving to be innovative and make our community better, there is no settling for mediocre here!
Why do you do what you do?
I’m a firm believer in the idea that sustainable communities ensure an improved quality of life for our residents of today and tomorrow. I’m a little like a cheerleader for sustainability within the City, and work to make our community aware of the ways that we can positively impact the environment through our everyday actions. Our combined efforts really DO make a big impact!
What’s the hardest part of your job?
Being only one person! There are so many opportunities to collaborate with departments inside the city and community organizations, but there is only so much time. Prioritizing my time and learning to say no occasionally. I’m still not great at that one. What’s the best part of your job? The team of people I’m blessed to work with. I’m not trying to brag or anything, but Environmental Services really is the BEST department at the City.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within the City, whose job would you want?
I really do believe that I have the best job in theCity ... but I definitely think that our zoo staff are pretty lucky too. I love animals and will never turndown an opportunity to feed a giraffe.