Given the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about her profession, Jessica Scott jumped at the chance. As a result, Ardmore residents will benefit.
Scott, an employee with the city, has become a Certified Floodplain Manager. Scott, who works in code enforcement, previously held the position of Floodplain Administrator.
"The city participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and we are required to have a flood plain administrator," Scott said. "Ardmore has a lot of floodplain and I felt I needed to know more." Scott signed up for a school that was held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma that was paid for by the state. The school lasted for one week with class and instruction taking place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"Only 40 percent of those that take the class pass and there was 35," Scott said. "It was difficult and some people did not show up to take the test on the last day." The test was a two-hour, closed book certification exam designed to measure competency in the basic principles of sound floodplain management. Scott was also required to complete an application that documented experience, education, training, references and contributions to the profession of floodplain management.
Scott was able to complete the requirements toward becoming a manager, learning of her accomplishment Jan. 11.
"I was elated and thrilled," she said. "I felt confident but you never know when you take the test. How disappointing would it be to fail after you left your family for a week? But even if I had failed, I would have learned so much."
So how does Scott's certification benefit Ardmore residents?"
When people are building in the floodplain, I assist them and go through the requirements, inspections and documentation," Scott said. "Right now, we have a lot of construction in the flood plain.
"I have taken what I have learned and used it already. If it can save people money and help them build safer homes, I am doing my job.
"Scott also performs building inspections, historic preservations and code enforcement. She has worked with the city for 4 ½ years after moving from southern California. "I have family here and I came to visit and met my husband, Dustin, who is the Marietta Police Chief," she said. Scott's efforts to gain certification as a floodplain manager drew praise from City Manager J.D. Spohn.
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"We had asked her to be the Floodplain position and she took the initiative and took it further," he said. "We are very proud of her accomplishments and I know she will do a great job for the city in this role."