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August 2, 2013

Briggs celebrates 25 yrs.

An open house to honor Cindy Briggs’ 25 years of employment at the Daily Iowegian will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Iowegian office, 201 N. 13th St. in Centerville. The public is invited to congratulate Briggs and enjoy refreshments.

Briggs first came to the Daily Iowegian on Aug. 5, 1988.

Since then she has worked for three publishers: John Arnold, Brad Day and Becky Maxwell; two owners: Arnold as part of Smith Newspapers and since 2000 as part of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.; and worked with six editors.

Briggs said it’s hard to believe its been 25 years.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. At the paper we are always working a day or two ahead, sometimes more than that, it makes time go by fast,” she said.

Briggs has had many job titles in the 25 years, going from typesetter to business manager.

“It’s been so long I can’t tell you what my original title was, but it might have been typesetter,” Briggs said, adding she also laid out the classified page. “My title now is business manager which is short for ‘does quite a few different things.’”

Other positions Briggs has filled at the Daily Iowegian includes front office assistant in December of 1988 where she waited on customers, answered the phone, measured the paper for billing, posted customer payments and helped Judy Arnold with other office functions.

“From that point on I’ve been involved in the business side of the paper but I’ve always helped out or filled in where needed,” Briggs said, which included selling ads for special sections and laying out the paper.

As business manager she is responsible for entering tickets for display ads, measuring and posting the papers to bill advertisers, measuring papers for the post office, postal reports, post most of the payments for display advertising, classified and circulation, wait on customers, answer the phone, close and balance display advertising and circulation at month end, balance the classified system, journal entries, financial reports and other everyday tasks.

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