By Jack King: CNJ staff writer
Julie Charters, a former accountant with the Bechtel Corporation and the wife of a Cannon Air Force Base pilot, has been hired as program manager for the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program.
“After a very extensive search of some great candidates, we decided that Julie was the best fit for our downtown program,” said Claire Burroughes, a CDRP board member and chairwoman of its organization subcommittee.
“She has a lot of the skills we need in a project manager and we are delighted to have her on our team,” she added.
As project manager, Charters will serve as the downtown revitalization project’s community representative, as well as carrying out organizational activities like developing a data base of downtown buildings and businesses.
“I feel the group already has a good foundation and goals, and I hope to help make them a reality,” Charters said.
Charters graduated from Arizona State University, Tucson, in May 2001. She served as senior billing accountant and treasury cash accountant for the Bechtel Corporation from June 2001 until February 2004.
As an accountant for the corporation, she was responsible for coordinating cash transactions between different Bechtel entities, both nationally and internationally, she said.
“Basically, being an accountant helps you be organized and detail oriented. Just as important was my internship at the Arizona State Senate, where I worked for the appropriations committee and was constantly involved with committee and legislative meetings. I hope the knowledge of the process I gained there will help me in my work here,” she said.
“One of the things that attracted me to this job was the chance to work with people, building rapport with downtown merchants and people in the community. It’s something you don’t get that much of in accounting,” she added.
Chambers married Air Force 1st Lt. Douglas Chambers in March and moved to Clovis, where her husband serves at Cannon Air Force Base. She said her reception in the community has confirmed the positive impression she received in earlier visits here.
“I know it sounds cliché, but people here have been wonderful. I already know so many of my neighbors. It seems like a wonderful place to be and I hope I can make it even better,” she said.
The project manager’s position pays $35,000. The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Project is funded with $25,000 from the city of Clovis’ lodgers tax fund that goes through the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, membership dues and donations and appropriations from the state Legislature.
The project received $175,000 in capital improvements funds from the Legislature in the last session, Burroughes said.