Lynnwood Today is introducing a new feature called This is My Job.
It’s a Q&A with people in the community. Up first is a familiar face to anyone who attends Lynnwood City Council meetings – ElizaBeth Morris.
This is my job: ElizaBeth Morris, Lynnwood City Council Assistant
1. What is your job title and what do you do?
I am the Council Assistant.
Under the direction of the President of the City Council, I provide administrative support to the City Council President and City Councilmembers, coordinating office functions and serving as a liaison between City Administrators, Councilmembers and staff.
I am expected to exercise independent judgment and confidentiality in assisting with administrative details.
2. How long have you been working in that occupation?
I am starting my ninth year.
3. What is the best part of your job?
The high degree of flexibility and independence.
Confidence and support I receive from the Councilmembers
4. If you could use three words to describe your job, what would they be?
5. What are the qualities needed to be successful in your job?
A good sense of humor.
Excellent writing and verbal skills.
Time management skills: This is a part-time 30 hours per week position which requires at least one evening Council Meeting a week and other evening meetings as required. There are specific deadlines that require prioritizing in order to work efficiently.
Dependability: Report to work on time, meeting deadlines, attendance.
Able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as on a team.
Ability to establish and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with others.
Customer Service (internal and external): Listening, being responsive, respectful, problem solving and good judgment skills.
Ability to quickly learn new software programs, audio/visual equipment and Council meeting recording software.
6. Anything else you want readers to know?
Yes! I enjoy my job and coming to work every day. Collectively, I have found the Council Leadership, Councilmembers, City Administrators and Staff to be a collaborative diverse team who support and encourage each other and have the best interests of the City of Lynnwood at heart.