National Public Works Week is May 20 through 26! We appreciate our public works staff every week of the year, but in honor of NPWW, we'll be highlighting five public works employees with a new, "Get to Know Your City Employees." each day this week. Today we're featuring Operations Manager Donna Jessup.
Name: Donna Jessup
What is your position? Operations Manager
But no, really, what does that position do? Managing Operations consists of the Streets Bureau which maintains 100 miles of City Streets and 10 miles of State owned highways. Parks Bureau which maintains 21 City owned parks as well as over 6000 trees. Motor Vehicles Bureau which maintains 357 vehicles/equipment. Traffic Bureau which maintains 121 traffic signal intersections and over 18,000 signs throughout the city. Operations also oversees the janitorial staff. All this is done with 7 very competent Supervisors and a staff of 56 hard working individuals.
How does your job relate to making Lancaster a better, safer, or more equitable community?: Operations helps to make the City of Lancaster a great place to live or visit by maintaining the beauty in our parks, keeping our streets clean, and serving the residents of Lancaster City.
What are your hobbies outside of your City position? Harley Davidson motorcycles and Nascar
Where do you like to visit in town (restaurants, bars, parks, etc.)? I absolutely love going to Central Market. I enjoy Celebrate Lancaster and stopping at La Dolce Vita Bakery for their fresh Italian bread.
Do you have siblings, kids, pets? I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I have a Son, J.D. and a daughter Robin. I also have a stepson Cory and a stepdaughter Ashley along with five precious grandchildren and one on the way. I have a Boston terrier named Buddy.
What was your job before working for the City of Lancaster?: Administrative Assistant for Lancaster Employment and Training Agency known at L.E.T.A.
What is one thing you wish people knew about your job? I wish people knew that public works employees put their lives on the line everyday like firefighters and police. When there is a disaster we are first responders, we are the ones opening up the streets so that others can do their jobs. We are the ones that keep the water running for the firefighters to save lives and we are the ones that keep the traffic flowing so that the police officers can get to the locations to protect people and their property.
What is your favorite Lancaster moment? My best Lancaster moment was when I took 2 of my grandchildren to Celebrate Lancaster and watched them dance the salsa at Binns Park while listening to an amazing salsa band. They were 6 and 7 years old at the time and I have no idea how they learned to dance like that!
What’s your favorite song right now? I have so many favorite songs. My favorite songs to listen to are country gospel songs.