ENGLEWOOD — Longtime city of Englewood employee Teri Davis will soon spend her last day on the job with the city before leaving with her family to live in Oregon.
A 1984 graduate of Northmont High School, she has worked for the city for 21 and a half years. She started her career with the city as a police dispatcher, a position she held for just over four years. Davis then became the police chief’s secretary for two years before moving into her current position as the city administrative assistant handling correspondence, dealing with legislation, ordering supplies, maintaining the city’s website and designing and authoring the city’s newsletter.
She has many good memories from her time working for Englewood.
“Just basically my friendships with my coworkers top the list,” Davis said. “They are like family. We are pretty tight knit around here. I don’t think you find that in every office. The good memories are the carry in meals that we’ve had or the cookouts as an employee group.”
Davis also served on the board of the Northmont Band Boosters four years when her son was in the band and continued to help out with the website and issuing press releases for various band related events and fund-raisers.
She was also involved with the Brookville Community Theater and appeared as an actor in three of their plays over the last couple of years. She had wanted to be an assistant director of one of the upcoming plays but when her impending move to Oregon came about she had to drop those plans in order to prepare for her relocation.
She also served as a freelance writer (stringer) for the Englewood Independent and was active in the Englewood Sister City Club serving on the executive committee for a couple of years.
Her husband has family in Klamath Falls, Oregon which is in the southern part of the state. She and her family will be moving to Brookings, which is four hours west right on the Pacific coast. She has secured a job with the city of Brookings similar to her current position with Englewood, but in addition she will also serve as clerk of city council.
“Teri helps me a lot. I can ask her for something and she kind of knows ahead of time what it is and gets it done. I can count on her,” said Barbara McCormick, the city personnel director who worked with Davis approximately 17 years. “I’m going to miss her a lot. We hate to see her go.”
No doubt it will be a big move for the lifelong Northmont area resident. When asked if she had mixed emotions about leaving, Davis confirmed her emotions have been high.
“I have run the gamut of emotions,” Davis said. “I am going to miss my friends and my family and coworkers, but I am excited about the new possibilities. I am happy and terrified all at the same time.”
Davis is not unfamiliar with departing her hometown. She left for about nine years while attending college followed by an enlistment in the U.S. Army in Germany and was then based in Manassas, Virginia. She decided she wanted to return to the Northmont area when she was pregnant with her first son. She met her husband Scott while serving in the Army. They have been married 23 years and have two sons, Sean, 22, and Drew, 20. Sean lives in Denver and Drew resides in Brookville.
“I am really fortunate to have worked for Englewood all of these years and I will miss it,” Davis added. “I hope that people will come to visit me on the west coast because it is beautiful. We have the ocean to the west and mountains to the east. It’s kind of the best of both worlds.”
Her last day on the job is March 18.
“Teri provided an outstanding…and often humorous… contribution over her 22 year career with Englewood including an active Northmont Band parent, Englewood Sister City Club officer, our newsletter author, the city’s webmaster and, of course, as my long time administrative assistant,” said Eric Smith, city manager. “It will be impossible to replace her experience and congenial manner. We all wish her only the best in a new endeavor. She will succeed nicely.”
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