Cindy Dees

Job Title

Director of Public AffairsCindy Dees

Alma Mater

Iowa State University, B.S., and DePaul University, M.S.

Describe your job in 30 words or less.

Oversee the Office of Communications and Community Engagement, lead the City’s 311 Contact Center and designated staff liaison to the Mayor and City Council.

What song best describes your workday or job?

"We're All in This Together" by Ben Lee

You started off as an intern for the City of Sugar Land. When did you intern? Which department did you intern for?

I was the Water Utilities intern the summer of 2013. I focused on water quality. This was back with Water Utilities was its own Department. Now it is a part of Public Works.

What attracted you to join the City of Sugar Land's team?

Once I left the private sector and went back to school for my masters degree, I knew I wanted to work in public service. I had just moved to Sugar Land from Chicago and remember driving by City Hall and thinking, "I'm going to work there someday." I think it might have been fate speaking. I started scoping out a final internship before I graduated and it just so happened that the City was hiring. I haven't looked back since.

When/how did you move into a full-time position?

After my internship, I was fortunate enough to stay on as a temporary employee for several weeks and then became a Management Assistant I through the Management Assistant Program.

How did your internship experience prepare you for the transition to a full-time role?

It really gave me a jump start in learning the culture of the organization and how to navigate the City. I also got to learn about the residents and business owners of the City through my work as an intern, which helped me understand the environment in which we operate. Each of these experiences continue to help me to this day.

Cindy Dees during her internship days

What is your favorite part of the job?

So many things: 1. Getting to be creative every single day and think outside the box. 2. Being intellectually challenged (in a good way) by our talented and intelligent workforce. 3. Working with so many different people.

What advice would you give to future City of Sugar Land interns?

Be confident, but remember you don't know everything. Be receptive to feedback -- both positive and constructive. Challenge the status quo.