Connie Nation named City Spotlight for May
Decorating has been an interest of Constance “Connie” Nation ever since she was a young girl. “Interior design is my passion,” says Nation. The recent EF-3 tornado damaged her home putting those skills in action. “I’ve been redoing things and changing some things around,” said Nation.
Nation will be with employed with the city of Jacksonville 20 years in September. She has worked as the Records Clerk for the Street Department for almost a decade. Her duties include: responding to routine inquiries, issuing, processing, scanning and filing documents for the street department, landfill and city garage. She began her work with the city as a business student during 11th and 12th grade in high school. She then was a Receptionist, and she also filled in for Patty Carroll when she was on maternity leave.
Nation grew up in Jacksonville, graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1987. She then attended college but married and relocated with her husband, so she didn’t finish. She moved back to the area and was hired by Jeanne Jordan as the receptionist with the city. Nation has two children, Malikka, 23, who graduated from the University of Alabama in December and is now working for NBC15 in Mobile and a son, Chandler, who is a sophomore at Jacksonville High School. Nation went back to school and graduated from Jacksonville State University in May with a degree in the Emergency Management field. Her hobbies include: interior decorating, traveling, spending time with family, walking, shopping, and going to yard sales. “I absolutely love yard sales,” says Nation. “I enjoy finding bargains for friends and items for my interior decorating.”
According to her supervisor Stanley Carr, "Connie is one of the smartest, most dedicated women I have ever known with a work ethic second to none. We are truly blessed to have her on the Street Department team."
When asked about the most favorite part of her job Nation explained, “It is always different. There is never a boring moment as you deal with something different every day. However, it has been quite challenging recently since the March tornado. It definitely increased my workload as we worked 10 to 12 hours a day, even on weekends for the first week after the storm. It was a great distraction to keep my mind off the damage done to my own neighborhood.” Nation goes on to say, “I really love the people I work with. I am the only female now in my building and all the guys treat me with the utmost respect. They always do anything I ask them to do.”
Nation’s future plans include retiring in about five years and seeking opportunities in the Emergency Management field. She also wants to do interior decorating on the side. “Or maybe I will just stay here with the city, I’m not quite sure yet,” says Nation.
As for being chosen for the May spotlight, Nation replied, “I feel truly honored to be recognized by peers in this way.”
Thank you, Connie, for the great job you do with the City Street Department.
Photo & Story by Anita Kilgore