Jan Scott, fixture at City Hall, retires Monday after 32 years
June 28, 2013
Jan Scott walked into a municipal building on Main Street on May 11, 1981 and will leave a different one just to the east on July 1, 2013.
Scott will retire on Monday after having worked for 32 years for the Park City government, an impressive streak even in a government that has kept some employees for decades. Jack Green was the mayor when she was hired. The city manager was Arlene Loble.
Scott is the longtime city recorder, a fixture in the executive offices on the third floor of the Marsac Building and at Park City Council meetings. She is the longest-tenured employee in the municipal government.
As the city recorder, she is responsible for generating the minutes of City Council meetings and she once served as City Hall’s lead election official. But Scott also is one of the public faces of the municipal government, answering phone calls for the mayor and the city manager and greeting people at the executive offices.
"The issues really haven’t changed. The players change," Scott said, recalling growth battles like the one that led to the Empire Pass development and the dispute about the location of a power substation that played out in recent weeks.
When she started the municipal offices were housed on Main Street, in the building where the Park City Museum is now located. The offices moved into the Marsac Building, a converted schoolhouse, a little later. She says she has attended more than 1,000 meetings of the City Council.
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Scott, who is 63 years old and lives in Old Town, recalls her early days with the municipal government fondly. She was hired as a clerk-typist in the city manager’s office.
"We had no money in those days . . . It was kind of exciting, really," she said.
Her first day on the job, though, was the same day public works employees went on strike, Scott said, remembering them picketing the municipal building that day. They were fired.
In her early years on the job, more than a decade into the skiing era but before the start of breakneck growth, City Hall did not enjoy robust finances as it did later. She said she continues to admire City Councilors of the era.
Since then, Scott has been one of the staffers who have fielded complaints about City Hall, occasionally from angry people.
"Sometimes the public feels like they can say anything to a public employee. I understand that," Scott said.
But more recently Scott has noticed the discourse by public officials and rank-and-file Parkites becoming less strained.
"You don’t see them arguing in public. You don’t see that at the dais . . . Their public face is always civil," Scott said about the elected officials.
Scott said she likes City Hall’s loose dress code and that the municipal government is a dog-friendly workplace. Those are holdovers from earlier years, but in the time since she is pleased with Park City’s advances.
"Even though people hate change, without change we couldn’t have the quality of life we have now," Scott said.
Jan Scott has worked in the Park City executive offices during four mayoral administrations. She offered brief comments about the four mayors, starting with the first:
"I loved all the mayors, even though they were so different," she said.
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