Career Focus

    A Brief Introduction To Your New Board Member-At-Large

    NAGW Navigator: Volume 2 • Issue 1 • Fall 2018

    by Gregg Turnbull (your new Board Member-At-Large)

    It was summer of 1994, and I had just finished my last day as a summer intern at the Phelps Dodge copper smelter outside Silver City, NM – the small town I had called home since 2nd grade. I was coated in a thin layer of arsenic-rich dust and, looking down at the holes left by acid on my pants and thick work shirt, I realized a life working in a copper mine near a city of roughly twelve thousand would not stick. The following year, I enrolled as a freshman at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, as a Systems Engineer – a major my roommate and I picked at random from the majors catalog.

    Both the move and my fateful choice in major panned out.

    After earning my Bachelor's at U of A, I went on to first work at Motorola – back when Motorola still had cool phones. (Remember the Razr?) After four years in the corporate world, I moved to Phoenix to work in academia, namely, at the Biodesign University at Arizona State University. While at the Institute, I, along with my team, built and supported their public facing website, developed Ruby on Rails apps for use in research, and even worked with a team on the launch of a plasmid (genetic material) clone and storage operation titled, DNASU – a project that netted me a published authorship in a scientific journal. While at the institute, I also researched digital health, quantified self, and worked alongside a Nobel Laureate.

    After fifteen years in the desert, the family had grown weary of the triple digit temps and lack of seasons, as it was no fun jumping in cactus needles in the fall. We packed up and headed north to Colorado.

    For the past four years I have led the web services team for Larimer County, Colorado. This year, after launching the new in September of 2017, we were awarded the 2018 Pinnacle and member choice award for large counties at this year’s NAGW annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. I have been a speaker at the past three NAGW conferences. At home, my wife Janelle and I spend most of our remaining waking hours wrangling our six kiddos – ages two to fourteen. You are welcome diaper companies.

    My passion is in making our County’s engagement with the citizens work well by providing easy to use sites, regardless of device or disability. I want real-time data to be present and usable by citizens where and when they need it, delivered in a format that is intuitive and easy to understand and apply. I believe that members of NAGW are in an immensely important role and that each time we commingle and share ideas our, cities and counties are better off.

    I am excited to be in this role and excited to work with my fellow board members to continue to make NAGW awesome.

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    From Web Professional to Certified Government Digital Services Professional

    NAGW Navigator: Volume 1 • Issue 4 • Summer 2018

    by Barbara Belli

    Class sessions are complete. Homework assignments have been turned in and completed online. The final project – the Capstone – has been written, rewritten, proofread, and turned in. The virtual tassel on the graduation cap has been moved to the left for the inaugural class of the Certified Government Digital Services Professional (CGDSP) certification program.

    When NAGW sat down with Public Technology Institute in 2015 to talk about a certification program partnership, the possibility of career advancement in the government web profession was put into motion.

    We’re More Than a Webmaster

    Depending on which definition you look up, the position of webmaster has grown by leaps and bounds. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines it as:

    noun, often capitalized web·mas·ter ?web-?ma-st?r
    a person responsible for the creation or maintenance of a website especially for a company or organization

    We know from our experiences as web and IT professionals that our jobs encompass more than just managing our respective government websites. Managing social media, ensuring that our websites are ADA compliant, writing website usage policies…the list goes on. We do a lot more than meets the eye.