DONNA R. JAMISON
Administrative Assistant for
Mayor and City Council
City of Peoria
Occupation: Donna Jamison performs professional administrative, clerical and organizational tasks for the City of Peoria Mayor’s office and the City Council, along with special projects assigned by the mayor, such as the Peoria Role Model Project.
Community Involvement: Ms. Jamison has volunteered for youth activities at her church, Glorious Church of Jesus Christ, the Community Action Agency, and the Mitchell “JJ” Anderson and Dana J. Davis All-Star Basketball Camp.
Education: Word processing diploma, Robert Morris College
Three things she’s passionate about: “My relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, family, productivity, peace and tranquility, and good vibrations and positive energy.”
Three favorite hobbies: Watching mystery movies, romantic comedies and home improvement shows; flea-market shopping
Career influence or inspiration: Ms. Jamison credits two men who emphasized the importance of treating people respectfully, her father, the late Pastor Liehue Rutherford, and her long-time boss, McFarland A. Bragg II, former CEO and president of Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity (PCCEO). During her years at PCCEO, she came to see herself as part of the agency’s and Mr. Bragg’s legacy. She started as a Head Start parent and rose through the ranks to become Mr. Bragg’s executive assistant. He taught her many lessons. “One that sticks out, in particular, was to treat our customers with dignity because, as he would say, you never know what people are going through.” Her father shared similar lessons when she was growing up. “My Dad taught me to be proud of my heritage, to be humble and to treat others the way you want to be treated. He taught me the benefits of hard work, love of God and love of family.” Additionally, Ms. Jamison sees working for the first woman and first Black mayor as an honor and a privilege. “I have lived in Peoria my entire life and to be part of this historic moment in time is special.”
Inspirational quote: “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
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