Three Minutes with Lilly Alarcon-Strong

Lilly Alarcon-Strong

City Recorder and Executive Assistant to the City Manager and City Council

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I was born in this great city, baby! Lol ;-) And, I’ve never had the desire to leave. I love it here!

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

My mom’s house. After that it’s a tie between La Palma and Golden Palace.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Read, play board games and cuddle with my boys, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the great outdoors.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

We’re growing rapidly but we still have such a strong sense of community and togetherness.

What was the last book you read?

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave. It’s a series of 13 books by Darynda Jones. The 13th comes out next year (2019) and I’m itching to get my hands on it.

What app or website do you use most often other than Facebook or Google?

Pinterest. I have all of these amazing things “pinned” to my board that I want to do or make ... but I know I’ll probably only get to like 10 percent of them. Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Hmmm ... I’ve got to say, as long as I’m traveling with amazing people and learning new things, I don’t really care where I go. But, my entire family is planning a trip to Florida next year. We have lots of family in that area and I love it when we’re all together. So, Florida it is!

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?

Well, I’m a naturally happy person who loves to laugh and have fun. But the funniest (which means embarrassing) thing that’s happened to me is ... If someone is vomiting and I hear it, smell it, or see it, then I’m usually (unwillingly) joining them.

My boyfriend (now husband), my two nieces and I were driving to my mom’s house when my nieces BOTH got sick in the back seat. My boyfriend was unable to pull over and in the panic had locked the windows so I wasn’t able to roll down the windows to get fresh air in the car while the girls were having their puke-fest. While I was trying to comfort my nieces and tell him to unlock the windows I also started throwing up ... all over myself, the floor of the car, EVERYWHERE!!!! He was finally able to pull over, but by that time it was too late. The entire car and my nieces and I were covered in vomit.

This obviously wasn’t a deal breaker because we eventually married and have two incredible boys together! But still, talk about embarrassing. It’s something we completely laugh about now when we’re reminiscing about “the good old days”!

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

I’m very close to earning my Certified Municipal Clerk Certification (CMC). It’s about a three (+/-) year process and I hope to have that completed by year end. I also want to teach my boys Spanish.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Besides the obvious, my family, my boys Preston and Pierce; I am proud to be living the American Dream! I am a first-generation American. My parents came to this county with nothing, not knowing the language or the way of life, etc. They showed us, by example, specifically my remarkable mother, Francisca Alarcon, that hard work, perseverance and love can accomplish anything you want in life. I am so proud and lucky be to be an American! Thanks, Momasita! xoxo

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