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Column: Westfield is ‘home away from home’

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Commentary by Anne Cotham

It has been 20 years – 20 years of coordinating schedules, creating city council agendas and making sure the administration has everything it needs to make the tough decisions. I’m the executive assistant for the City of Westfield.

Working for Westfield makes sense. My family is from Westfield and I lived in Westfield as a young child. When I had the opportunity to work for the community 20 years ago, I didn’t hesitate.

I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. One of those changes was when the town became a city in 2008. I remember feeling uncertain about the future and where Westfield was headed and whether the new mayor would want me to run his calendar and coordinate projects.

I vividly remember after Andy Cook was elected mayor, he sat down next to me and casually said, “What do you want to do?” I never dreamed he would ask me, I was waiting for him to tell me what the plan was for my current position. I knew he loved Westfield, but after that moment I knew he cared for its employees. I was ready for the challenge.

While some of my peers say I work too much, I do get some time away from the office. When not working, I spend time with my husband Tom and our “kids,” two dogs named Punky and Abby.

I might live in Noblesville, but I still have a strong bond with Westfield. It’s the home away from home. I truly felt that when my co-workers surprised me for my 20th work anniversary.

The Westfield I knew as a child is completely different than the Westfield of today and the Westfield of tomorrow.  I’m just happy to be along for the ride.

Anne Cotham is the executive assistant for the City of Westfield. She may be reached at 804-3015 or acotham@westfield.in.gov.


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