Today we meet Jason Egly, an administrative assistant with the recreation department. Recreation is gearing up for Haunted Happenings on Oct. 29 and 30. Jason’s worked for North Liberty since 2004.
How do you start each day?
Getting the building ready to open: powering up computers and exercise equipment, turning on lights and unlocking doors. Also balancing the register, printing the daily schedule and assisting the first patrons of the day.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Getting to know members of the North Liberty community every day and interacting with them. I enjoy being around my co-workers. The Community Center is a great environment to work in.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Multitasking on busy days in the winter with New Year’s resolutions and summer with the outdoor pool.
Where can people find you during the day?
At the front desk of the Community Center.
What special certifications or knowledge does your job require?
I have to have first aid and CPR certification, as well as emergency management training and know how to run our ActiveNet software.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
That North Liberty would grow so rapidly. I might have bough more property early on!
What’s your favorite work story?
Matt Meseck and I saved a half dozen mallard ducklings that were hanging out at the pool, then they left, following their mom, heading towards Highway 965. Three of the ducklings fell into a storm sewer, and we were able to fish them out and reunite them with their mom, then escort them safely under Highway 965 via the underpass.
What’s your favorite place in North Liberty?
I lived for five years at West Lake and spend a lot of time fishing and playing with my kids there, so I would have to say that area.
What’s your favorite thing to do off the clock?
I like to read, collect comic books and Star Wars toys, spend time with my family, watch sports with friends, bow hunting, fishing, and playing pickleball at the rec center.