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‘Chief’ assistant worked with five bosses over 19 years

March 21, 2013

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Sandy Goff

By Kyle Siegel
Staff writer

Sandy Goff is the executive administrative assistant to Chief of Police John DeGonia and she has worked with three chiefs and two interims over her 19 years in her position.

Goff was born in Peoria, Illinois and attended high school in Mackinaw, Illinois.

After high school, Goff attended one year of college at Western Illinois University.

After Goff moved to Sedalia in 1990, she attended State Fair Community College.

“I moved to Sedalia and I received my Associate’s Degree in Business Management from State Fair Community College,” Goff said.

Goff is divorced and is the mother to two teenage boys.

Her son Mason Goff is a senior at Smith-Cotton High School, and her son Taylor Goff is a sophomore at Smith-Cotton.

“Between the two of them, they keep me busy. My son Mason is going for his first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Taylor plays guitar and runs for the Smith-Cotton Track Team,” Goff explained.

Goff was asked if she has enjoyed her time working for several chief of police throughout the years.

“I love my job. It is something new every day. It is always changing,” Goff said.

Goff explained what her duties include in her position.

“My main thing is to take care of the chief. My main concern is making sure his job is easier, then everything else falls into place.

“I handle recruit testing, promotional processes, community policing events and general clerical duties,” Goff said.

Goff was asked how technology changes over the years has affected her position.

“Everything is digital now days, which makes things easier.

“Between tech and training, when people get smarter we do too. Ongoing training is important,” she said.

While her work takes up a good deal of her time, Sandy still finds time to volunteer.

“One big thing that I do here is the Special Olympics. I am the liaison. I have been doing it for the last 18 years,” Goff said.

Goff is also a member of First United Methodist Church and has attended for the past 10 years. She also runs the bookstore at the church.

In her downtime, Goff enjoys the outdoors.

“I do occasionally do a little camping or take a trip or two. I enjoy being outdoors.

“I love to walk. I get up at 4:30 during the week and walk at the gym at the church, but my passion is to walk outside and enjoy the surroundings. There is a wonderful feeling you get from walking, especially outside,” Goff explained. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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