A Clean-up Job to Restore the Faded Glory of Our City

After two months of not having a job due to the transition of leaders in our local government, my cousin was informed yesterday that there are two job positions at City Hall waiting for her.

The whole family was greatly delighted with the news when she told us about it yesterday. We’ve all been “overreacting” to and worrying about the delay to her employment. My mom’s brother, her dad, was already feeling sorry for her because she was already out of funds. My BIL, on the other hand, was already pitching a new job for her. Meanwhile, I had been thinking of starting a family business so none of us would have to worry about being employed anymore, and Dad’s been dragging her to his For Life trainings.

We’re that kind of Asian family — what affects one, affects us all in a big way right away.

The delay, it turned out, was due to the “clean-up” job that my cousin Jamie said the mayor had to perform at the city hall. A lot of the employees hired by the previous mayor had such bad practices that needed to be corrected. Our new mayor, the former congressman of our district, had to use an “iron hand” to correct the low standard operations in the city government offices, and he didn’t want his “people” there yet.

“Cong (what my cousin remains to call her boss) wanted to make sure that things were in better order before we take our new positions,” Jamie said. “Employees at the city hall are different now. They’re actually ready to serve, unlike before when people never knew who will help them with the business they wanted to carry out there.”

The employees from the previous administration who decided to stay underwent training in order to elevate the service quality in all city government offices. My cousin said, our mayor hired trainers from top media schools and service specialists to correct the disappointing work behavior and output of the said employees.

Earlier today, I accompanied my cousin to her new office and I saw the big difference in the operations at City Hall. The leaflets promoting local government-sponsored events now have correct grammar (at least the three I managed to read did) and really have better overall quality. Also, there was like a welcoming committee present that was ready to assist every person that came in. A young man even came up to me and Jamie, and hyper-perkily greeted us, “Good morning, how may I help you? What services do you need today?”

Someone obviously had been energized by coffee.

“Uh, I’m going to the tourism office,” Jamie told him — successfully controlling the laughter bubbling inside her.

“Who are you looking for, ma’am?” the young lad inquired, rather loudly.

“Nobody, that’s where I’ll work — I’m part of the mayor’s staff,” Jamie informed the “happy” young worker who only continued to smile at us.

“Yes — I’m part of the mayor’s staff,” I teased Jamie as we both proceeded to walk toward her office. She chuckled at me.

She actually doesn’t have to work yet; she just visited her office to show her superior the mini-magazine we got from the city hotel, which my English/Spanish teacher sister heavily criticized. Her superior said, they’ll make sure that all the newsletters, magazines and other publications issued by the city government will be improved.

As we walked out of the city hall, I couldn’t help but feel hopeful. With the changes I witnessed, I feel like the old glory of our city will be restored soon and I will be very proud of it again.

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