It’s their job: Former director ready for retirement

James “Jim” Good served as director of the Portales Senior Center for a little more than 10 years and as director of the Portales Area Transit since March 2006. He talked about his job Friday, his last day before retirement.

Good spent most of his childhood in California, with the exception of six years in Missouri, and served in the military for 22 1/2 years.

What does your job entail? My job entails the control and management of the Portales Senior Center, ensuring they have senior programs to do out there, and management of the transit system. That includes everything from writing the budget to delivering people to their doorsteps.

What is a typical day for you? When I first go in, I have to say I get a cup of coffee, and then I check my e-mail because I get e-mail from the state Department of Transportation, state Agency on Aging and the city, and they’re all business. I get on most days 20-30 business e-mails I have to respond to. And then after that, I double check the transit schedules, and then I start answering the phone. About four o’clock, I start typing up the schedules so I can hand one out to each driver the following morning. Then, of course, you have the city calling: “Come into this meeting, come into this meeting.”

Why did you choose this job? I was the city’s custodian. I wanted to move up in the chain of command. I enjoy working with people, and I have an extensive background in management.

What training did you need for this job? Management. You need to know something about senior programs. And then on the transit side, you need to know something about public transportation, Department of Transportation and management again because you’re managing the transit system and the drivers. You also have to manage a fleet of vehicles. I guess you need financial training, too, because of the budget.

What do you enjoy most about this job? Probably working with the seniors.

— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan.