Kayla White

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Albany County Clerk’s Office

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

The personal accomplishment I am most proud of is that I am a mother. This may seem ordinary but my daughter is the reason I strive so hard every day in my personal and professional life. Showing her how important it is to have integrity and motivation in life is extremely valuable. I want her to be proud of the person that I am professionally and in my personal life. She makes me want to be a better person every day and I am proud to say that I am her mom.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

My primary personal development goal for the next 5 years is to continue to learn all aspects of the County Clerk’s Office. I have worked as the Deputy Clerk since 2009 and my goal for the 2022 election is to run for the office of County Clerk. In preparing for the next 5 years, I plan to make myself more present in my community and continue to learn the statutes that pertain to the clerk’s office.  I have been successful in my position and am preparing myself by working closely with the County Clerk and taking on a leadership role within the office.

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

My biggest philanthropic achievement is being part of an amazing group of women through Soroptimist International of Laramie.  Within this club we have one main fundraiser and with these funds we donate to various non-profits in our community. Bettering the lives of women and children is our main focus and we do that by the different scholarships and programs directed towards them.

What action or event that you’ve been a part of do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?

This 2018 Election Cycle had its own set of obstacles but the election team within the County Clerk’s office which I am a part of thrived. We executed a 2 page ballot which had only been done one other time in the state. We dealt with running out of ballot stock on Election Day therefore resulting in hand tabulating a handful of ballots. The primary was interesting but the general was not without its excitement. On the last day of absentee voting, we had a record number of voters which was challenging and also very exciting. Being able to facilitate the democratic process is important and very rewarding especially when helping a first time voter.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

When I moved to Laramie in 2000 to attend college, I never imagined that I would find my home. It has grown so much in the last 18 years and I am excited to see how it will continue to change. I feel that with the turn of the workforce in terms of baby boomers retiring and a new younger workforce emerging, we will see new and different things happening all around us.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

Hard work and my willingness to learn new things has helped me to be successful in my current position. I was hired as the administrative assistant in the clerk’s office and appointed to deputy clerk 2 years later.  I have the drive to want to better myself and the office of the county clerk. I have had an amazing mentor in Jackie Gonzales to empower me and to teach me all of her institutional knowledge. When I took this job, I never knew I would fall I love with public service, but I have really found my niche and can’t imagine doing anything else.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

Work hard and follow your heart. You need to stay motivated and do not be afraid of failure. Surround yourself with quality people who care and believe in your goals and then follow them. Take the positive traits of those you admire and try to become the best version of yourself that you can be.

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2018