Inside City Hall: Summer staff needed to make city run

Julie Nelson, city HR manager
Did you know the number of employees with the City of Brandon nearly triples in number during the summer, and we make our seasonal hiring decisions by the first week in April? In fact, in 2019 we placed our first ad in the Brandon Valley Journal and on our Facebook page in January, hiring 108 additional staff for this summer.
Out at the pool, manager Shelby, her head guards Tyson and Kianna along with Kayla as lessons coordinator, worked along with 19 lifeguards providing a safe, cool and fun summer for our local youth.
Parks Department staff works hard for a long season cutting the grass, caring for the flowers and shrubs and setting up the ball fields for tournaments. This year, storm damage added many additional clean-up and maintenance tasks to their “to do” list.
Keanan and Mason returned to work in the Public Works department for their second year, and four new team members joined them. The crews spent a lot of warm summer days helping with street repairs and much-needed general maintenance around town.
Barb once again headed up the hiring of five summer recreation assistants returning this season, with Alex and Bethany joining the team. Another successful season for this program ended on July 26 with the team working side-by-side with local kids doing crafts, playing games and taking a few field trips to local events and activities.
This summer season, the Golf Course grew to more than 60, working in the Pro Shop, Course Maintenance, Carts, Lounge and Beverage Carts and Community Room and many return year after year. Larry worked more than 20 summers at the course before taking a break to serve as Mayor for 15 years, and returned this summer following retirement. I spoke with Ethan and Reese from the grounds’ maintenance team, and they enjoy their work helping keep the course in tip-top shape and like the hours since they start early in the morning (to beat the heat), with time to play golf, softball or spend time with friends in the afternoon. Gary runs one of the mowers and began his relationship with the course as a golfer, transitioning to employee two years ago after he retired. He says it’s a really good crew, he likes to work outside and the work is actually a lot of fun. The lounge and beverage cart area have many returnees as well, and add a few new people each season. Although she was the newest member of the team, Micayla, a senior nursing student at USD, says she likes the flexibility and felt welcomed the very first day.
Last but not least, is the “Lone Ranger” Marcus (grad student at SDSU) who continued to serve the city as GIS Intern during his second year in this role. You may have seen Marcus walking around on city sidewalks and right-a-ways obtaining important geographical information for Tami, our City Engineer.
As the summer winds down for students as they prepare to head back to school, the golf season continues, and the grass keeps growing. Infact as I write this, I’m preparing to post openings for additional help to get us through the summer.
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