On the Clock – Kristin White
When Kristin White is not hammering out staff reports at Summit County’s planning department, balancing books for the retail shop she co-owns, or taking pizza orders at Lazaroni’s, she is planning her wedding.Wedding planning is stressful for nearly every bride, but with the big day less than three weeks away, she is starting to lose sleep over it. With three jobs, it’s hard to believe White has time to sleep, but she juggles her schedule and forgoes leisurely activities – at least for now. Standard work hours are spent as a planner with Summit County’s planning department. Four shifts a week are spent at Lazaroni’s, which she and her fiancée, David Dean, purchased last month, and spare time in between is spent doing bookkeeping and helping out at Fifty-Fifty Boards & Bikes, a retail shop she co-owns on Frisco’s Main Street.
What do you like about your jobs?Being a new business owner is “non-stop but gratifying,” she said. Her plans include improving the food and decor at the Main Street pizzeria. “We already see potential in the business.” At the planning department, she enjoys her co-workers, who are “friendly and outgoing.””I need people in my life,” she said. “I’ve always found good friends everywhere I’ve gone.” What are the job’s challenges?
“When there’s 15 tickets up, people still expect their pizza to be ready in 15 minutes,” she said. “But I learned to work with the public at my county job.”As a planner, White said it is challenging to orchestrate different aspects of land use applications.”As the county gets built out, there’s only these complicated lands to work on that have environmental constraints or visual issues. I try to maintain the integrity of the development code with property rights and public concerns. It can be very stressful.”What brought you to Summit?Before moving to Colorado, “I visited California twice, and it just didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel like it was the right speed for me.”
Her destination upon graduating from college had to be “a place I could wakeboard or snowboard,” so when she landed a job in Colorado, its 25 ski areas sealed the deal. She had never visited the state and knew no one upon her arrival.Like a true soon-to-be-newlywed, White believes in fate: Her move to Colorado meant she’d meet her future husband.What do you do outside of work?While White likes to bike, she hasn’t been on hers all summer because her free time’s at a minimum. She spends time with her 10-year-old dog, Xavious, who’s been with her since she got him as a puppy while working at an organic blueberry farm in Oregon.
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