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City employee always works with a smile

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A woman who grew up in the foothills is keeping Auburn’s transit system on track. Megan Siren, 27, is the city of Auburn’s employee of the year. Siren is an administrative analyst and transit manager and has been working for the city for five years. Some of her daily duties include managing Auburn bus drivers’ schedules, writing grants and researching funding. She also assists the Public Works Department with contract management and budgeting. She works on projects connected to the wastewater treatment plant and recycling. She has helped facilitate several drug take-back days in which residents could drop off their old prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. Siren said she was proud of several projects she worked on. “An accomplishment is putting on the pharmaceutical take-back events and doing the Healthy Auburn Waters outreach,” Siren said. Siren also facilitated a donation of one of the city’s old buses to The Gathering Inn through the Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Services Agency. Her work days also have their challenges, because she wears so many hats, Siren said. “Keeping on top of everything would be my biggest challenge,” she said. “I work with great people, so we always help each other with everything.” Siren’s managers praised her efforts Monday. “Megan is the employee that has such a positive attitude, she is extremely versatile, she is smart, she has good common sense,” said Bernie Schroeder, director of Public Works. Schroeder said Siren cares about people and genuinely likes her job. “I think she has done remarkable things with our public outreach,” Schroeder said. “She really engages the community in the activities that are a priority for the city.” City Manager Bob Richardson said he is continuously impressed by Siren’s work. “She was the unanimous choice (for employee of the year) of all the department directors,” Richardson said. “Not only is her work always timely and professional, but she assists multiple departments with complex work, does so with a smile and, frankly, she gets better every year with her capabilities.” Siren grew up in Cool, where her parents still live, and currently lives in Roseville and likes being in this part of California. “I enjoy being outside, so it’s a good place to go do outside activities as well as go to the snow or the ocean,” she said. “It’s a good place for everything.” Siren said one thing that not everyone might know about her is that she was in Girl Scouts until she graduated high school and earned its top award. “I earned my Gold Award,” she said. Siren said she thinks the organization had a definite impact on her life. “You learn service, servicing your community,” she said. “You learn to deal with groups of people and put on activities.” When not dedicating her time to the city, Siren has several hobbies “I like to travel, and spend time with my friends and family and go camping and hiking,” she said. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com ------------------------------------------------------ The State of the Community Dinner When: 5:30 p.m. April 15 Where: Sierra Building at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Cost: $37.50 Reservations: Call the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at (530) 885-5616, ext. 223 ------------------------------------------------------- Fast Facts about Megan Siren 1.Enjoys reading mysteries 2.Studied managerial economics at U.C. Davis 3.Loves tennis and wishes she could play more frequently 4.Listens to Jack Johnson, Colbie Caillat, Carrie Underwood and Jason Mraz 5.Grew up in Cool