Keeping the wheel greased in Carbon County
Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. It is now one of the largest workplace observances outside of employees birthdays and major holidays. In Carbon County the Sun Advocate has chosen three individuals for 2009 that exemplify excellence in the ever growing field that encompasses administrative assistants.
It is often said that if an individual really wants to know what is going on in a city they need not bother with public officials but go straight to the source, the city's recorder.
In Price, that position is held by Laurie Tryon who began her career at the planning and zoning office in 2005 before taking the job with her to the city recorders desk in 2006.
"Being able to do both jobs is something I am really proud of," said Tryon. "It means a lot to me that I am able to save the city and community tax dollars by performing both jobs."
However, if you talk to the people Tryon works with, it becomes apparent that she does the job of more than two.
According to city financial director Pat Larsen, Tryon handles all of the city's contracts, agreements, loans and bonds as well as the resolution for their city council and planning and zoning meetings.
"She keeps all of our paper work and agreements organized and easily findable within our document system, her work has always impressed me," said Larsen. "That work also includes the minutes of the city's council and miscellaneous meetings, she is always caught up and that means that we all can find what we need quickly."
Tryon, who has lived in Carbon County for 30 years, also handles the city's business licenses and elections, a process she is excited for this coming year.
"I love working for the mayor," she concluded. "Joe Piccolo has been the best mayor. I couldn't imagine working for anyone else. He knows what he is doing and it is great to work for someone who does so much for the city and is so good at what he does."
Tryon is also the proud mother of two teenage daughters, Ashley, 17 and Alex, 13.
Also serving the local community in an administrative assistant role is Channa Anderson of Utah Adult Probation and Parole.
Anderson is known in her office as an Agent Assistant who assists Carbon's agents in whatever capacity they need. She handles all pre-sentence investigation referrals, orders to show cause and other paper work for Judge Douglas B. Thomas. Additionally, she archives all offender files and places supply orders for region four which consists of Price, Moab, Richfield, Roosevelt and Vernal. To top things off, Anderson answers all incoming calls and deals with all matters that are brought to the officers front desk.
"I love my job because I love the people I work with," said Anderson. "They support me in everything I do and they watch out for me. They are wonderful co-workers."
According to Channa's supervisor Terri Salas, Anderson came to work at AP&P in April of 2004 after having worked for vocational rehabilitation for four years and the prison in Draper for over a year.
"Channa is a multi-tasker, which is essential to her position," said Salas. "She goes to court on law and motion day, assists agents and reports to the board of pardons and the courts not to mention all the things she does around the office."
Salas also stipulated that Anderson's co-workers really enjoy her pleasant and pleasing personality.
"She is always willing to help out with any assignment or project and makes the best peanut butter bars for any social function that we have at the office," quipped Salas. "She is enthusiastic and motivated and that is the type of person we need in her position."
Lastly, but certainly not in the least the Sun Advocate would like to recognize Bessie Powell, Administrative Assistant for East Carbon City.
According to city treasurer Cheryl McFarland, Bessie's dedication to her job is extraordinary.
"She is always willing to do whatever is asked of her and then some," explained McFarland. "Bessie always goes the extra mile and is truly deserving of the recognition she will get during Administrative Professionals week."
Powell's duties at the city include greeting and helping customers that come to the city's front doors, directing phone calls, performing general ledger entries and assisting the treasurer and recorder with whatever task is required of her.
Powell is also the city's deputy court clerk.
"She comes in early and stays late if needed to get her daily tasks done after a busy day, even when we tell her not to, she goes above an beyond what is required of her," said McFarland.
City recorder Liz Marquez shared similar feelings about Powell's work ethic and cheerful disposition.
"She is always making us laugh, she makes the office a fun place to be," said Marquez. "She has really blossomed since her employment started here. She takes on more and more responsibility all the time. She is really a joy to work with."
When asked what she thought of her job, Powell laughed and said, "I love it and I love the people I work with, there really isn't any more to say."
Over the years, Administrative Professionals week and Professional Secretaries Week has become one of the largest workplace observances.
The event is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff.
According to the celebration's website, today there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles.
So to all the administrative professionals out there, the Sun Advocate salutes your effort and all the hard work that is put in behind the scenes and at the front desk.