#WHYoming: Sally Shoemaker

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Welcome to our series, #WHYoming.

We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?

For this week’s #WHYoming, I had a chance to sit down with Sally Shoemaker, the Administrative Assistant for the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners. She has been serving in this position for 10 years. Sally greets every member of the community with a bright smile and loads of friendliness.

Sally was born and raised in Sweetwater County, and after 10 years living abroad with her husband, they decided to move back and make Green River their home again. Wyoming and Sweetwater County is the perfect fit for Sally and her family, and they have no plans on leaving any time soon.


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Sally, what do you do for a living?

I am the Administrative Assistant for the Board of County Commissioners. I’ve been doing this for 10 years.

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How did you get into this position?

My degree is in Business Management and I really enjoy organizing and preparing documents to allow everyone to have ease while doing their job and to be fully prepared.

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What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy working with my co-workers, the County Commissioners and the public.  I love learning more about the community and what Sweetwater County has to offer.

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How did you end up in Green River?

I grew up in both Rock Springs and Green River. After my husband got out of the Army, we moved from Germany to Michigan where we resided for 10 years. My husband asked what I thought about moving back home. After some discussion, we decided to make Wyoming our home again.

Sally with her husband, Jon.

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What do you appreciate most about our community?

I appreciate how everyone seems to come together at just the right times!

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What is something unique about you?

I think the one thing that shocks most people is that my parents had 3 sets of twins.

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What are your some of your hobbies?

My hobbies include working out, traveling, boating, paddle-boarding, adventures on the sxs, and hanging out with friends and family.

Sally and Jon.

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If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?

Let go and let God.

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Where is your favorite place to hang out in Sweetwater County?

My favorite place to hang out in Sweetwater County is the Flaming Gorge. We love to boat, paddle-board, camp, sit around the camp-fire, and ride sxs. Hanging out at the Gorge is the best place to do all those things!

Sally and Jon boating.

Would you rather walk, ride a bike, take a horse, or drive a car?

It depends on the destination but, I really enjoy taking a walk or riding my bike around the Green Belt. 

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What would you sing at karaoke night?

Although I am not a great singer, I love to belt out Journey… Who doesn’t love a Journey song?

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How would your friends describe you?

My friends would describe me as being honest, caring, funny, goofy, and everyone’s biggest cheerleader.

Sally with friends.

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What is one of your proudest accomplishments?

My proudest accomplishment is being a mom to a wonderful son.

Sally with her husband and son.

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Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Hmmmm, I guess I would have to say Kristen Bell as people often make references that we resemble one another. 

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Why do you continue to live in Wyoming?

Wyoming has always been good to our family. The jobs are good, the surroundings are beautiful, and there are adventures to be had in our own backyard where your friends are always willing to partake in the adventures!

Sally and Jon.

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