Susan Ballew has worked in the office of Legislative Council since 1973. An architectural history buff, Ballew serves as president of the Sacramento County Historical Society. Ms. Ballew currently is helping organize a history fair for the Sacramento Archive and Museum Collection Centers’ open house that will take place on May 11. She spoke to Capitol Weekly about her career and passion for history.
What’s your job in a nutshell?
I work for Diane Boyer-Vines, the legislative council, so my job is to do whatever it is that makes her job easier. I come in and check voicemail messages, e-mails, do odd projects, monitor [Boyer-Vines’] calendar and make sure people are in meetings.
What is most challenging about working for the Legislative Council?
There are 120 clients and, if you count legislative staff, there is a lot more. Because our office is confidential–we don’t even acknowledge that we’ve done work for members–a challenging part of my job is giving people information, but not too much information.