JACKSON, Wyo. — Born and raised in the valley, Terri Schupman has dedicated her life and career to serving the Jackson community. In July, she will retire from her role as Utility Billing Manager after nearly 40 years of service to the town.
Originally employed by the town in Dec. of 1982, Schupman recalled just how much the Town of Jackson has expanded in the last 39 years.
“At that time, the town hall was located up at what I refer to as the old courthouse building on King Street,” said Schupman. “The town and county both used that building, that is how much the town has grown.”
In those years, Schupman reaped the benefits of working in a small town; going off each day to work in the same building as her mother who was a county employee.
“The funny thing is my mom worked for the county and she had her own little office and the machine that we printed out our quarterly water bills on was in her office,” Schupman said. “So I got to go in there, and it always took at least two days to print out the utility bills, so I got to visit with my mom when I did utility bills back then.”
For 39 years, Schupman continued her work in utility billing, eventually becoming Utility Billing Manager. However, Schupman’s service to the community did not begin there. Prior to working for the town, Schupman was an employee for what was once Jackson State Bank.
“I worked [there] for ten years, then the mayor of the town at the time was a great family friend, and he told me they were looking for another person in the town’s clerk office,” said Schupman.
While familial connections were Schupman’s initial driving force into a career with the town, it was a true devotion and enthusiasm for the community that kept her passionate about the role.
“The town has a great workforce, a lot of these people I’ve worked with I consider family. It’s a great entity to work for,” said Schupman.
As for retirement, Schupman’s first plans are to enjoy the summer here in Jackson, as well as quality time with her five grandchildren who all live in the valley.
Schupman extended her gratitude to the town and community for making her career an experience that has forged such a fulfilling life.
“I think we live in a great community, I love the people here, I love how we all come together and try to help each other out when needed,” Schupman said.
Reflecting on the last 50 years, Schupman looks back fondly on her time as a town employee.
“It’s been a job that I enjoyed coming into work every day.”
About The Author
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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.
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