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OAKWOOD — Tangee Puckett has gone from potty business to city business, and so far she has liked the transition.
The 28-year-old city clerk worked for four years as a preschool teacher when she started searching for a job where she could make a little more money.
"My friend said the city was hiring, so I put in my application," said Puckett, a Hall County native and Johnson High School graduate. "I got an interview and they hired me. I was new to government, but they trusted me."
She began working for the city nearly two years ago.
Puckett had worries at first.
"I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to fulfill the position," she said. "(Government) is a whole lot different than teaching 2-year-olds. ... It was a big step for me."
Her duties include taking minutes at Oakwood City Council meetings, helping to collect and process taxes, handling daily tasks such as answering the phone and working with purchase orders, and generally answering to City Manager Stan Brown and Assistant City Manager Patti Doss-Luna.
"It’s different work. I miss my (preschool) kids, but I enjoy helping the (city) customers and just helping the city and watching it grow," Puckett said.
Oakwood residents generally are a friendly lot, she added.
"I have to honestly say that, being a small city, there’s not a lot of complaints," Puckett said.
She and Tabitha Dial, a city administrative secretary, are working to start a community events program in which the city would sponsor a variety of events.
"We are trying to reach out to the community," Puckett said.
While working for the city, she had a major event of her own — having her second child, a daughter who is now 9 months old. She and her husband, Josh, who has an auto detailing and accessories business, also have a 9-year-old daughter.
Content in her job with the city, Puckett is trying to get clerk certification through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia in Athens.
She is in the second year of a five-year program.
"It’s enjoyable," Puckett said. "You’re able to meet other clerks from different cities and counties. It’s pretty interesting."