GAMBIER — In his monthly village administrator’s report shared this week with Gambier Village councilmembers, RC Wise was effusive enough about the job the new utility clerk is doing to sing her praises. Maybe he should leave the singing to her.
The new utility clerk who celebrated her first month on the job Monday in the Gambier Community Center is Courtney DeCosky, who has spent the past six years in Gambier and is originally from Mount Vernon. She bested 15 other job candidates to earn the position, and has already made a positive impact, according to Wise.
“She (DeCosky) is doing a great job in managing the utility billing process and other office tasks,” he wrote in his October report. “In less than 30 days, she has taken the initiative to design a welcome packet for new residents, implement a shared calendar concept for all of us, and introduce a shared drive concept to allow better collaboration. The village is fortunate to have someone with her education and experience to work for us.”
DeCosky most recently worked the past five years for Kenyon College. She spent time in the President’s Office, where she helped plan board of trustees meetings among other duties, and the events office for such happenings as commencements and convocations.
To those who like the local music scene and believe there’s something familiar about DeCosky when they visit the village offices, that’s because there likely is. She is the lead singer of the “Americana”-style band Six Miles to Nellie, which plays what she describes as a “mash-up” of country music, folk music, and rock and roll.
Last winter, DeCosky voiced the songs and persona of famed country singer Patsy Cline.
DeCosky’s two six-year-old sons, fraternal twins Harry and Finn, attend Wiggin Street Elementary School. Their first-grade teacher is Amy Kramp.
“I think she may be our biggest (Six Miles to Nellie) fan,” DeCosky said. “She and her husband come to a lot of our shows.”
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