This is My Job: ElizaBeth Morris, Lynnwood City Council Assistant

Lynnwood City Council Assistant ElizaBeth Morris
Lynnwood City Council Assistant ElizaBeth Morris

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?

Gratifying
Challenging
Rewarding

5. What are the qualities needed to be successful in your job?

A good sense of humor.

Accountability.

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.

  1. You could not have selected a better person for your feature article. This article accentuates the core values that define Beth as an outstanding individual and civil servant. She is uncompromising on her positive qualities whether in her capacity as Council Assistant or community volunteer. It is these personality and life traits that have endeared respect and admiration for residents and peers alike, and have enable Beth to effectively work for nine years with council presidents and councilpersons from different ideologies, political persuasions and agendas. She didn’t mention one other guiding principle – punctuality – or maybe that is a given under Time Management.

  2. During my time on the council it was truly a pleasure working with Beth. She is the consummate professional that everyone wishes they could work with. Unfailingly positive in attitude and with a work ethic that is as admirable as it is astounding, she is the one who keeps the wheels of city government turning. One of my fondest memories is of Beth taking the time to compliment and chat with the cleaning crew. As Beth once told me, one janitorial staff person told her that no one had ever done that before and it made her day. Beth is the living embodiment of class and grace.

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