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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Kassey Diaz, Sewer Cleaning

Kassey Diaz

"The floods in 1996 gave me a chance to see things I would never have gotten to see. I was able to be a part of the action."

Number of years at the City: 28

Jobs with the City: I was hired as a Utility Worker I in Sewer Cleaning in June 1987. Prior to that I was a seasonal worker in Traffic, working with Hot Plastic. In about 1990, I became a Utility Worker II in Sewer Cleaning. Also, for a couple of months, I was in the Paving Department.

Activities in her present job: Currently I am an assistant on the Vactor truck. We clean out catch basins, storm sumps and sediment manholes. Clean sanitary sewer pipes with high pressure water and vacuum suctions. Assist sewer repair when they need our help with roots or debris.

Likes best about her job: I really enjoy the people I work with and I like that there are many opportunities for training in various jobs. Every day can be something different.