If you've ever walked into the Lone Tree city offices looking for information, to give a compliment or file a complaint, you've probably met Cheryl Cobler.
As the administrative assistant, she is often the first point of contact for visitors. And …
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As the administrative assistant, she is often the first point of contact for visitors. And after five years of helping Lone Tree residents — whether they work at the city or live in it — Cobler68, is retiring Dec. 1.
“Cheryl deals well with people and has a special quality about her that helps people turn a bad day into a good day,” said Jennifer Pettinger, Lone Tree's city clerk and Cobler's supervisor. “Wherever she is needed she helps.”
The job with Lone Tree, Cobler said, came at a critical time in her life and helped her through some rough patches. She lost her husband and two older dogs within a year of each other. Her husband died in May 2012; she landed the job at the city in November of that year.
“I love Lone Tree. I love everything about it," Cobler said. "I checked their website regularly and, doggone it, this job came up. It was incredible — the timing and the people I work with.”
Cobler was born in Chicago but moved to Loveland when she was 8 years old. Her parents owned a motel, and she began working for them cleaning rooms and helping out. She graduated from Loveland High, studied at Colorado State University for two years and completed her degree in management at Regis University.
Working at Lone Tree has been satisfying, she said.
“I take it personally when someone comes in with a complaint or needing help,” Cobler said. “If I can make a phone call to get their question answered, I do. Most of the time they just want to have someone listen to them, and sometimes they just don't know who to talk to or what to do.”
Cobler doesn't know for sure what her retirement will hold, but she does see some service work in her future.
“I've been the city liaison to the Living and Aging Well program, so I'd like to stay involved with that," she said. "I'm going to miss working here, but now I'll be that super-involved citizen who will visit often.”
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