By Kyle Siegel
Recent appointee to the Sedalia City Council Jo Lynn Turley has been a staple of the community for many years dating back to her work as the cheerleading coach at Sacred Heart.
Turley was born in Jefferson City and she attended two different elementary schools there until she moved to Sedalia in 1972.
Once in Sedalia Turley attended the Sacred Heart school system until graduation.
Upon graduating from Sacred Heart, Turley attended CMSU to study Recreational Management.
After high school Turley moved back to Jefferson City for six months before attending CMSU. After college she made the decision to move back to Sedalia.
“I moved back and found that Sedalia was a great city to live in,” she said.
Turley has been married to her husband Randy for 30 years and the couple have two children, Brandi and Andrew, and three grandchildren named Easton, Colin and Brenna.
Turley was asked what she does for a living outside of her service to Sedalia while being a member of the city council.
“I am currently the functional leader for the Missouri Career Centers in Clinton, Mo.
“I manage an office of 12 people right now. We deliver services for the unemployed. The employed take advantage of our services as well. We provide assistance to get people job ready,” Turley explained.
Turley was asked how long she has been with her current employer.
“I have been doing that for a little over two years now. I consider it a service industry, because people need more skills on how to write a resume and give better interviews. There are a lot of people struggling out there. I am there to help people,” she said.
Prior to that, Turley worked for the Sedalia Senior Center for 12 years as the county service director.
“I was also the cheerleading coach at Sacred Heart for 26 years. My brother was the head coach and I was going to watch him coach. They needed some help so I volunteered,” Turley said.
She added, “I also work the front desk part-time at Holiday Inn Express just for fun. I like the hospitality industry.”
Turley is no stranger to public service. For the past eight years she served as a member of the Sedalia Park Board. It is a position that she enjoyed. So much so, when it came time to decide whether or not to accept Mayor Horns nomination for council member, it took some time to make a decision.
“It was the biggest part of the conflict of my decision to join the council. I think the Sedalia Park Board plays a really important role in providing recreation and enjoyable services in Sedalia. It is really important to me,” Turley said.
Turley filled the vacant council position after Tony Arbisi stepped down to take a new job.
Her term expires next April and she was asked if she has plans to run for the position come April.
“I am undecided right now,” she replied.
Turley was asked if has enjoyed her time on the council.
“I am comfortable. I work well with everybody that is there. The city staff is very good.
“I was used to working with good staff at the park department,” she said.
In her spare time Jo Lynn is a self-described sprint car race mom. Her son races and she finds the time to travel and watch him race.
“He races a 360 winged sprint car. I try not to miss any of the races. I just back from Wheatland this weekend. We were at the Lucas Oil Speedway,” Turley said.
She added, “I like camping and I like to take my grandchildren. I am a girl scout at heart and I like to teach my grandchildren the art of real camping.”
While growing up Jo Lynn was a member of the girl scouts and later became a scout leader when her daughter joined the organization.