Featured Employee of the Month
Employee Name: Pati McNeil
Position: Front Desk Staff and Accounting Assistant at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center
Time with the City (months, years, etc.): Front Desk staff since December 2015 and a year as the Accounting Assistant.
What do you like the most about your position? I have really enjoyed interacting with the staff and the patrons. It has been a great opportunity to meet the wonderful people of Salida and all of the world travelers who come through this town. I feel fortunate to be part of the great team of people who work at the pool and with the city.
When away from work what would you be found doing (i.e. hobbies, volunteering, relaxing,etc.)? I enjoy teaching a land exercise class twice a week through the CSU extension office. I like to swim and take aquacise classes, bike riding around town, hiking, spending time at the river, and going to all of the awesome concerts and events that Salida offers. I also have helped with the A Little Help organization, with dog park cleanup days, and bottling wine at Vino Salida.
Tell us something about you we may not already know: I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. I graduated from CSU in Fort Collins but then went to graduate school in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating with a Masters in Social Work, we (my husband and I) had every intention of returning to Colorado asap, but….we bought a house, had 2 children, had fun jobs and of course, the best snow (Utah is famous for its powder snow) and skiing just 10 minutes from our front door. It took us 35 years to get out of Utah and back to Colorado!
Favorite thing(s) about Salida? I could write a book about how amazing Salida is! The people are so friendly and active. The community is welcoming and nurturing. There is always an interesting and fun event or concert to enjoy. The surrounding scenery is beautiful and I love the “banana belt” weather. I am so fortunate to be able to call Salida my home town.
Anything else you would like the public to know? My favorite hobby that I didn’t list above, is spending time in Mexico at the beach with my family and scuba diving.
Pati, we thank you for your continued service to the City and for your decision to be a part of the team!