Editor’s note: Answering The Purcell Register’s five questions this week is Purcell City Council member Theda Engert.
Q: Is it challenging being the only woman on city council?
A: As for serving as the only woman on the Purcell City Council, the honest response is that my gender doesn’t seem to impact the proceedings as we each bring unique experience, attitudes, knowledge and skills to the table.
I haven’t found sitting as the only woman amongst men on city council the challenging part of the job.
The challenging part of being a city council member begins with making decisions, approving budget and representing the community as a whole (always thinking what is the best alternative available for Purcell in any given situation). I work hard and am always aware of my skills, but also acknowledge my limitation that I can find the information or resources I need.
Overall, I have felt my opinions were respected and my contributions have been valued by the council and citizens.
Q: What do you see as the biggest issue facing the city?
A: Purcell faces their issues as all small towns. Each week, something new arises. It’s placed on the agenda, information is collected, possible resolutions discussed, community input sought and, when possible, decisions are made in a timely manner.
For example, recent concerns with projects have included the rising cost of materials, man-power or natural environment. The goal of the council has been to keep the public informed of resolutions when possible, or the time line to address the situation.
Q: Are you a Purcell native?
A: I was born and raised in Purcell. There’s no other place I would rather live than my small town. I LOVE this town which is one reason I ran for city council.
Q: How much of your time does serving on city council and PPWA require outside the council chambers?
A: I can’t say it requires a lot of my time outside of the chambers. I do spend some time reading each week for preparation for our meetings.
Also, I do get occasional phone calls or stopped at Walmart for a question or two. We do have special meetings, but I still have time for family and my personal life.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: Interesting fact many may not know about me is that I love to read romantic novels, to binge watch “Castle and Scandal” on Hulu. Also, I’m the second woman to serve on the council.
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