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Podcast: How Kersten evolved from lifeguard to budget man

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

If you start out as a lifeguard and work hard, then you, too, can someday become an assistant city manager of a mid-sized university community. That’s the true story of Jeff Kersten, longtime budget and finance savant for the City of College Station.

Kersten spent his first visit to the podcast guest seat talking about his career path, what it’s like to shift fiscal priorities whenever a new city council or city manager comes along, and what he sees as the city’s financial challenges in the future.

After a tacky start to the interview, Kersten and I got down to business.

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csf_jsocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He is a native of Breckenridge.


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What could be more rewarding than being a life saver?

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By Vera Solis, Aquatics Supervisor

For many of us, summers are a time to swim and enjoy the water. For me, it’s about making sure our local pools are safe places for our residents, visitors, and their families to relax and have fun.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people – including two children – drown every day. For every child who drowns, five more are taken to emergency rooms for related injuries. With drowning being among the leading causes of preventable death, knowing how to swim is imperative.

At College Station’s municipal pools, your safety is in the capable hands of our trained lifeguards.

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