By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
TEMPLE – House District 55 Rep. Ralph Sheffield is moving quickly during his opening month as representative, and has named Harriet Brodie, of Salado, as his district director for his Temple office.
The district office is located in the Charter Bank Building on 31st Street in Temple, the same office occupied by former District 55 Rep. Dianne White Delisi.
Delisi is responsible for Brodie's introduction to the job, Brodie said Wednesday.
"She approached me in church and told me I should apply for the job," Brodie said. "It's a culmination of several of my jobs put together. The more I think of it, the more I see it as a ministry. Most people who call here are desperate for help, and I help them. Plus, I get to help Rep. Sheffield. I'm somebody to contact because he can't be here all the time."
Brodie brings more than 30 years of marketing and development experience to the office of the district director. Most recently, she served as the director of development for Central Texas Christian School in Temple.
Sheffield said he has known Brodie for more than 30 years through various working relationships involving his restaurant businesses.
"Mrs. Brodie has joined a wonderful team that will assist me in serving and communicating with the citizens of District 55. I look forward to working with her to ensure that the needs of our district are met," said Sheffield. "It's a good part about being sworn in early. I've been able to get my staff fully engaged."
Brodie said she's gotten a feel for the job in her first couple of weeks at work, since starting Dec. 1.
"There aren't any typical concerns," she said. "I've only been here a couple weeks, but I haven't had a duplicate of anything. People have child support problems or disability problems. They may have a problem with the way the system takes care of prisoners. You'd be surprised how many calls I get.
"It's a blessing to me to be able to do it. I find it very gratifying at this point. It's an easy move for me and function autonomously. I'm able to function pretty well without a lot of direction. Because I have those different experiences, I can decipher what people need."
Brodie was the first marketing director for the malls located in Temple, Abilene and Killeen. As the assistant vice president for marketing at a bank in Killeen, she participated in many civic activities.
She helped start a national drug screening review business and is a past president of the Central Texas Human Resource Management Association.
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