Parker County Today March 2018 - Page 80

Continued from page 75 PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever? MR: The one in which I see another goal, another dream or another faith- fully expected request met by life. PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give? MR: If the shoes you are wearing hurt your feet, put on a different pair of shoes. That, or “It’s true. The Force. The Jedi ... All of it ... It’s all true.” PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have ever done in your life? MR: I started to believe. I started to believe in the infinite possibilities of faith in a universal, or divine plan. After I did that, everything started to become more interesting. Everything started to change. Malinda Nowell Malinda is secretary for the City of Weatherford PCT: How did you get into your occupation? ML: First, I must say that I am grateful to Jerry Blaisdell for the confidence he had in me, and helped me to build within myself. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for him. I was a senior at Weatherford High School in 1995 and participated in the business co-op class where I attended school in the morning and worked at the police department in the afternoon. My first job for the city was at the police department where I was the receptionist and helped in the records office. My full- time career with the city began in 1997 (as a records clerk) when the police department relocated from York Avenue to Santa Fe Drive. In 2004, I began reporting directly to then-Police Chief Jerry Blaisdell as his administrative assistant. In 2007, Blaisdell was asked to city hall as the acting assistant city manager, later becoming the city manager. He gave me the opportunity to work as his executive assistant during his time at city hall. In May 2011, our then- City Secretary Laura Simonds left the municipal clerk profession. I had been working with Ms. Simonds and learning from her, but my knowledge was limited. Blaisdell again gave me the opportunity for personal devel- opment and advancement within the city. In 2012, I earned my Texas Continued on page 85 Serving Parker County for over 60 years 78 Our goal is to serve every family as if they are a part of our own. Photo by Megan Parks Norma Plowman | Misty Plowman-Engel | James R. Plowman 913 N. Elm St., Weatherford, TX 76086 | 817-594-2747 | 800-593-2747 | jamesplowman@gpfcnet.com New Location Opening Soon: 4941 E. I-20 North | Willow Park, TX 76087