The Town of Vinton and the Vinton Messenger have united to “Spotlight the Town of Vinton Staff” during their respective birthday months. The Town is proud to have these employees on staff and wants the community to see who is behind the scenes making the Town look great and operate efficiently.
Amanda Payne has one of the fun jobs in Vinton—life could be considered an almost constant party for her, except for the hard work she puts in. She began working for the Vinton Special Programs department on November 11, 2018, and serves as Community Programs Building Supervisor. She spends much of her time working at the Vinton War Memorial and Charles Hill Community Center assisting with both public and private events. She is responsible for all rentals at both facilities from set-up to take-down, along with the responsibility of building maintenance.
Her hobbies include hiking, paranormal investigations, gardening, Batch Cooking, Theatre, and various crafts. Her husband is Jeffrey Harris.
Her secret–she is obsessed with bubbles. She keeps them in her car, at her desk, in her purse, and on every floor of her home. She says that no matter what she is going through in life, when she blows bubbles, “all my problems pop away. Yes, I get strange looks when a car pulls next to me as bubbles are flying out my window!”
Mayor Brad Grose says, “The Special Programs department is a very important part of the staff/team in the Town of Vinton. The members of the department are often the main contact that people have with our Town. The Special Programs staff does a wonderful job in representing our Town in a very positive manner. The department is always busy, but they take time to provide personal service for our special programs as well as private personal events. We are very fortunate to have highly qualified, dedicated individuals in the Special Programs Department that take pride in representing the Town of Vinton.”