High school student interning for town


A Brown County High School junior is getting a peek into the inner workings of local government.

Cash Myers is volunteering as an intern for the town of Nashville. On Tuesdays after school, he walks to Town Hall and helps Town Manager Scott Rudd with whatever he’s working on.

Lately, that’s been the three-year plan for all town boards and commissions. Early this month, he worked on compiling public input specific to the Nashville Redevelopment Commission. And on the first Tuesday in December, he stayed for that board’s meeting to observe how members responded to it.

After the meeting, his next task became nailing down who’s responsible for working toward such broad ideas such as “attract families to keep our schools healthy and thriving” and “improve the entrance to town.”

Myers’ internship grew out of a conversation between his mother, Roberta Chirko, and Rudd. Myers, an alumnus of the 2013 We the People national championship team, said he was looking for ways to help out in local government.

“So far, it’s been interesting,” he said.

Rudd said he was pleased to accommodate Myers’ desire to get involved.

At age 15, Rudd got his first look into local government when he was asked to be a youth adviser to the Brown County Solid Waste District board, back when closing the landfill was being discussed.

“Anybody who has in interest is welcome to inquire about other opportunities,” Rudd said. “We’d love to have youth offer input into the town’s future and participate in the planning process.”

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Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.