Olson hangs up 41-year career at New Brighton parks department

On Jan. 31, Jodelle Olson ended 41 years of working for New Brighton Parks and Recreation. To recognize her career, the city council named her as a city ambassador during its Jan. 22 council meeting.

Olson started with the department on May 16, 1977, and has since worked with every parks director in the city’s history. A proclamation in her honor highlighted her years of work reversing office equipment mishaps, helping residents and making things run smoothly as office assistant.

“She has many stories and much history with the city, and we are sad to see her go but excited for her next chapter,” said parks Director Jennifer Fink during the council meeting.

Fink said in an email that Olson’s career encompassed the department’s use of a mimeograph (a rudimentary copy machine), a single department computer and later widespread smartphones.

The city will retire her unofficial title as copy room sheriff, but she will exit with the earned title of city ambassador.


—Matt Hudson

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