Salas succeeded Jamie Stephens as license office director. Both Salas and Stephens studied under Monett High School business teacher Anessa Brown. While in Brown's class, Salas worked as an intern at the chamber office from January through July of 2009.
Following her internship, Salas was hired full-time as a clerk at the license office. When Alice Heim left the administrative assistant position at the chamber, Salas was available to step in, assuming those duties on April 1, 2012.
"After working as an intern, I pretty much knew everything that went on in the license office," Salas said. "I still helped out in the chamber office while I was on the other side. It was fun. Then Jeff Meredith came [as chamber executive director] a month after I started in the chamber office."
Salas returned from maternity leave on Jan. 2 after the birth of her second son, Alexzander. Her first son, CÚsar, was born in 2009. She started her new job in the license office on Jan. 28.
"I'll be jumping back and forth between the two offices," Salas said. "At the license office, you have to keep the customers happy. As long as you're in a good mood, you're good, and you have to have a lot of patience."
Also staffing the license office is Tammy Culpen on a full-time basis, and part-time employees Margaret Salsman and Anna Garcia. Salsman worked for seven years at the license office when it was located at 705 E. Broadway.
"Running the license office is going to be a big change for me," Salas said. "I'm trying to get the staff more involved in the community, so everyone can know who's there and what they're doing. I will encourage the staff to go to the monthly chamber mingles. I will be representing the license office as a member of the Crime Stoppers board."
Salas believes the familiarity she and Garcia have with Spanish will be an asset for the license office as well.
""I think if people know there's someone there who is bi-lingual, they will come back and see us," Salas said.
Salas plans to work in the license office every weekday. For more information about license office services, call 235-6678.