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You know that feeling you get when a valued member of your staff gives their notice to pursue their passion? Whether it is to return to school, teach piano or start their own business (all of which have happened to me), it means one thing: ugh! Interviews! This is going to be so much work!

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Sylvia Warner, Cindy Snook, Debbie Jordan (l-r)

After getting over my initial thought of “Why do people have stinking passions and dreams?!” my first step is to congratulate the person (of course)! (I keep the selfish moaning and groaning to myself.)

My next step is to call one or two of my favorite placement agencies.

Today we are spotlighting one of those agencies: Sacramento Placement Services, owned by Debbie Jordan for many years. Debbie has helped a number of local legal administrators replace valuable staff with first-rate personnel when needed. She not only can assist with direct hires but is able to provide quality, temporary staff during leaves of absence.

Debbie is not one to toot her own horn but she has been a committed Business Partner of the SVALA for several years and you can usually find her at luncheons and many member events. I somehow convinced her to answer a few of our “spotlight” questions.

Thank you for being a Platinum Business Partner of the Sacramento Valley Legal Administrators Association. Please tell us why you chose to support our organization.

I choose to support the SVALA because the administrators are the people I directly work with every day and so I wanted to be involved with the organization.

Please tell us about Sacramento Placement Services and the services you provide.

Sacramento Placement Services provides temporary services and direct hire for Administrators, Attorneys, Paralegals, Secretaries and Administrative Staff.

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Debbie Jordan and John Woodall at a SVALA Holiday Luncheon

Give us a little background about yourself. How long have you been in the business? How long have you been with Sacramento Placement Services? 

I originally worked for a legal agency in Sacramento before branching out on my own over twenty years ago.

How is it different working with law firms than other non-legal businesses?

I am not really sure – I have almost always exclusively worked with law firms. I do know there is a much higher degree of professionalism in the legal industry as compared to many other types of businesses.

Tell us how you would describe your working style. What makes you successful at what you do?

I have an extensive data base of people I keep in touch with and a very large referral network. I belong to and support many legal groups and organizations in Sacramento so I am constantly involved in the legal community.

Tell us something fun you enjoy doing outside of work.

I love traveling, antique classes, boating, gardening and lots of other things if I had more free time!

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Joelle Stone and Debbie Jordan at a Labor Law Breakfast

What do you want the SVALA members to know about you and Sacramento Placement Services?

I appreciate the opportunity to work with the members of SVALA and their friendship.

Many thanks to Debbie for her time, for helping us out in a pinch with our staffing needs and for her friendship! 

As a quick reminder, our August luncheon is coming up on Wednesday, August 24 at Casa Garden Restaurant. Samson Elsbernd, an attorney with Wilke Fleury, will be talking about “Simply Sex. . . Sex, Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression in the Workplace, and Tips for Eliminating Bias.” This looks to be an interesting and important presentation!  Hope to see you there!

Trish