Leigh Anne Maye-Fortenberry is the City Spotlight for September
Having a passion for children and interacting with people is what makes Leigh Maye-Fortenberry a perfect Office Manager for the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department. “I just love helping make sure our staff, as well as our customers’ experience with PARD is a pleasant one,” says Maye-Fortenberry. “I could not do this job without the support of everyone here. We all work together like a family. When one piece is missing, someone else steps in, and we all pitch in to get the job done. I really like that.”
Maye-Fortenberry grew up in Tennessee and graduated from Anderson County High School in 1989. She then attended Maryville College where she graduated with a biology degree in 1993. She is the daughter of Chris and the late Hazel Elliott. She has two children: Cooper, 12, and Rileigh, 10. “My children are everything to me,” says Maye-Fortenberry. “I am so proud of them. My main focus right now is to make sure they grow up healthy and happy. She is married to Wesley Fortenberry, who works in the maintenance department at PARD. “We are actually still newlyweds,” says Maye-Fortenberry. “We have been married since last February. I love our blended family.”
Maye-Fortenberry moved to the area in 2004 pursuing a job opportunity. She was offered a sales position for a publishing company. After her children were born, she decided the stress of that job was too much while raising children, so she was a stay-at-home mom until they were in school. She has been the office manager for PARD for nearly five years now.
According to her supervisor, Janis Burns, “Leigh Anne is truly an asset to the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department. She is the one that keeps our rentals for the community center and the train depot on track. She makes sure that each one is taken care of. She looks out for our staff assisting with payroll and benefit questions. Leigh handles all purchase requisitions, keeping us within our budget. She is also active with Alabama Recreation and Parks Association District IV, where she is currently serving as chairman of the awards committee. Although her title is “Office Manager” she does so much more. She is a friend and a listening ear to those who just need to sit and share. Her office is always welcoming.”
When asked about her hobbies, Maye-Fortenberry said, “Not a lot of extra time now, I just mostly participate in the children’s activities. Cooper is on the cross-country team at Pleasant Valley and Rileigh is enjoying being a majorette for the youth football team there. We also really enjoy camping, but since our home was damaged by the tornado, we haven’t been able to do much of that. I enjoy reading, watching movie marathons, and fishing with my family.” Maye-Fortenberry says she loves her job and her fellow employees. “I’ve always been interested in athletics, so this job suits me just fine,” explains Maye-Fortenberry. I do a little bit of everything here, so my job is never boring. I’ve meet so many wonderful people and have made many friends working here. We are currently working on organizing the Chief Ladiga Half-Marathon which will be held Nov. 2 this year. No future plans right now, “Just take each day as it comes,” says Maye-Fortenberry. When asked about being selected as this month’s spotlight, Maye-Fortenberry replied, “It actually shocked me, I don’t feel like I do anything special, I like to stay in the background, out of the limelight.”
Thank you, Leigh Anne Maye-Fortenberry, for your compassion and service to the City of Jacksonville.
Photo & Article by Anita Kilgore