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I'm a friend of Karyn's

and her LinkedIn profile originally listed her as the Administrative Support Specialist but she shorted herself a year and wrote 2007 instead of 2006. When she was originally promoted, she changed the title but nothing else for a long time. At worst, it was an oversight.

Karyn became engrossed in the planning profession after she began working with NHC and frequently spoke with enthusiasm about projects occurring at work and her graduate studies. Even before she was promoted, she spent a lot of time enthusiastically talking and reading about planning related topics and they became the focus of her graduate studies. After between three and four years in her original job, and maybe a year short of finishing her Master's degree (summa cum laude), she was promoted to the Planner position. She absolutely loves working as a Planner and has enormous enthusiasm for her job. Meet her and you'll possibly rethink your preconceived notions about local government workers.

Since we're all into online info today, here's a bit more for you: the job descriptions on the NHC web site:
http://www.nhcgov.com/HR/Pages/JobClassesAndPayRanges.aspx

Scroll down to Planner.
Requirements for this position include:
Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Planning and one year of professional level planning experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Master’s Degree strongly preferred.

Sounds as though a person who had worked in a planning department for a few years and was well on her way to a Master's degree meets that "equivalent combination of education and experience" and was not a "seemingly unqualified person...promoted to a position that they lacked the requisite knowledge and education to have"

In case you're wondering, she was promoted over a year after her relationship with Berger ended and over a year before he was elected to office. Karyn has worked her arse off to attain what she's achieved.

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