Former Ridgeline Middle School Teacher Hired for City of Yelm Post

By Daniel Warn / dan@yelmonline.com
Posted 8/24/21

The Yelm Community Services department has hired Rainier resident Savana Cervantes as its new administrative assistant, a position she started earlier this month.

A former Ridgeline Middle School …

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The Yelm Community Services department has hired Rainier resident Savana Cervantes as its new administrative assistant, a position she started earlier this month.

A former Ridgeline Middle School employee, Saint Martin’s University graduate and a six-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Cervantes said she’s had her eye set on a position with Yelm for quite awhile.

“I was really interested in doing something with the city for a while now,” Cervantes said. “I’ve kind of been watching for job postings for a little bit. I think it’s exciting to work for the city because the growth plan for it is awesome. So being a part of something in the community is something I’m really excited about.”

Having taught English language arts to sixth graders in the community, Cervantes said she wants to continue to invest in the people of Yelm.

“I wanted to do something that would still be involved in the community,” she said. “Prior to this, I was involved in education, so I have roots here, and I’m deeply connected to the citizens, so I wanted to do something that’s still my own values, that I’m proud of at the end of the day.”

In the U.S. Air Force, Cervantes worked in civil engineering, spending half her career with the rapidly deployable team that built bases from the group up.

“And then the other half of my career, I spent with more of the day-to-day operations a little more similar to what we’re doing here (with) permits and everything,” she said.

At the city of Yelm, Cervantes will work with all of its departments in administrative matters, doing the intakes for building permits, working with the finance team and receiving all the payments from the public.



When receiving payments from the public for utility accounts and the like, she said she strives to provide the best customer service she can.

“Customer service requires a positive attitude, and I think you have to have a goal, or a focus, in mind of trying to have that customer leave as happy as they can, with everything resolved and providing all the information you can,” she said, adding that she always asks herself, “how can this person come in and leave with a good experience?”

And in her free time, come sun or snow, Cervantes hits the outdoors.

“In the winter, I like to snowboard,” she said. “In the summer, I’m hiking every weekend.”

She also has a 9-year-old son, so she takes part in his hobbies, like practicing soccer or playing the kid-favorite Fortnite video game.

“I love that we live in a beautiful state with a lot of diversity,” Cervantes said. “I mean, I can never decide if I love the beach more or the mountains more. I just love that sense of adventure when you go out. The wildlife here, the vegetation and the peaks, they’re beautiful.”

Ultimately, with her career and background, Cervantes said she brings a unique perspective to the city of Yelm.

“I think that I bring, kind of a different background to Yelm, moving from education over here,” she said. “I feel like I bring, again, a really positive attitude and outlook, a passion and excitement for what we’re working on and what we have planned.”

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