By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Things have been a bit different this summer at Keizer City Hall.
City Manager Chris Eppley has an intern for the first time, University of Oregon senior Steven Kirby. City Attorney Shannon Johnson also has an intern for the first time, Willamette University law student Linda Kendrick.
Kendrick is indeed a different breed. For example, on Aug. 5 she went to the Keizer City Council meeting with Johnson.
“I enjoyed going to the city council meeting,” Kendrick said.
But aside from getting to see the interaction between councilors and staff, there was another reason for Kendrick to enjoy the meeting. She got the chance to meet current councilor and former Keizer mayor Dennis Koho, a local attorney who got his law degree from Willamette University.
By the end of the week, Kendrick landed a job as law clerk with Koho’s firm.
Kendrick, a mother of four children, moved to Seattle in 2011 after seven years in Texas and looked for work.
“I decided if I didn’t get a job within a year, I would go to law school,” Kendrick said.
That’s just what the 40-year-old did last fall. Willamette University has an externship program – since interns are usually paid and externs are not – and Kendrick was given a few options for this summer.
“This was my first choice,” Kendrick said of working with Johnson. “I thought it would be interesting and it was, very much so. Administrative law is so broad. Shannon has to deal with a very wide scope. I am impressed. I’ve done a lot of research and writing, comparing Keizer’s ordinances to other cities. I’ve been to meetings and have shadowed Shannon.”
Given what the bulk of her summer work has been, it’s a bit funny to know the two areas Kendrick was nervous of before starting.
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