PEOPLE AT WORK - James E. Sawyer

James E. Sawyer, 53, currently resides in Lafayette Township, Medina County, with plans to move here as soon as possible. Immediate family: wife, Linda, six grown children
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

James E. Sawyer, 53, currently resides in Lafayette Township, Medina County, with plans to move here as soon as possible.

Immediate family: wife, Linda, six grown children

Education: Maple Heights High School in 1971, Purdue University in 1975.

Occupation: Norwalk Director of Public Works

My first job was: Project Engineer for The Firestone Tire & Rubber, in Akron for about $1,110 per month in 1976.

What is your dream job? My dream job consists of a place where I can be happy, knowing I'm doing my best providing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Norwalk seems to be that place.

The most challenging part of my job is: Building strong and positive relationships with the community.

Most rewarding?: the gratitude I'll feel when the improvements made throughout the community are successful through the efforts of the Public Works Division.

Most unique habit: I have to sleep with one leg out from the covers, no matter how cold or warm it is.

Biggest pet peeve? Rudeness.

Biggest guilty pleasure? Eating cherry licorice.

Favorite childhood memory: My mother would bring us once a week to a neighboring city park pool for swimming lessons in the summer.

Best thing about living in Norwalk? My wife and I are looking forward to moving to this area. Norwalk has most of the big city attributes without all the big city headaches.

Biggest complaint? No complaints, as yet. However, I've heard the Cedar Point traffic can be snarling. I'm not looking forward to that.

What do you like to do when not working? I like to work in the yard, making things look neat, trimmed and well manicured.

What's been the best car you've ever owned? The best car is always your first car, I think. Mine was a 1966 Pontiac Tempest, with the ugliest powder blue color and only six cylinders.

How do you get off the phone with a telemarketer? I steal a line from an old "Seinfeld" episode; I ask for their home phone number so I can call them back when I'm not so busy. They usually get the message and hang up on me!

What do you do for exercise? I'm afraid I count the work around the house and yard as exercise.

What's your favorite recreational activity? Seeing a good play.

How do you relieve stress? Listening to classical music in a quiet environment.

Name your favorite place to eat: The Barn, in Smithville, Ohio. Their salad and soup bar is excellent. It's Amish cooking in a real barn.

In high school, everyone thought I: was a pretty nice guy.

The best advice I ever got was: You get what you give in life."

A movie or play that everyone should see is: "Fiddler On The Roof" because it's a story about family, tradition, change, acceptance, dreaming, moving forward. Lessons we can all use in our lives.