2) First Experiences

Hey y’all,
I am proud to say that Ogallala Commons once again partnered me with the City of Plainview for my 2017 summer internship. This is my 3rd year in participating with Ogallala Commons and my 2nd year involved with the internship side of the organization. The role I am taking part of this year is assisting the code enforcement side of the Community Development Department. Code Enforcement’s role is to improve, inspect, and rehabilitate the city by enforcing the city ordinances in order to keep everything in line. I’ve been working on various projects from violation letters to insurance and liability forms for roofing contractors. I am currently working on preparing our Health Department for their annual health inspection throughout the city.
As always, at first I was skeptical about my first project because I didn’t understand it at first and projects are critical and need to be as accurate as posible. However, with a little help from the team: Judy Rasher and Mary Ann Dominguez, administrative assistants, Nick Mogg and Jesse Lopez, code administrative officers, Robert Zapata, city inspector, and my supervisor, Cris Valverde, I was able to accomplish my projects and tasks. I am very appreciative that my supervisor has agreed to have me on his team for another year. Considering that I want to attend college for Business Administration and Business Franchise, this is the PERFECT internship for me because of all the knowledge that I am gaining. I’m experiencing first hand what processes various businesses are required to go through for city hall before conducting their services or prior to launching their business. I can assure y’all that there’s not a day that goes on where I have a boring day!
From the mind of an intern,
Tony Lee Hernandez
Ogallala Commons Intern 2017


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