Current Occupation: Program Manager in the Housing industry
Former Occupation(s): Editor, Tech Writer, Tech Support Manager, Administrative Assistant, Web Content Writer, Researcher, Customer Support Specialist, New Media Specialist, Operations Manager
Contact Information: Dawn Corrigan's debut novel, an environmental mystery called Mitigating Circumstances was published by Five Star/Cengage in January 2014. She recently finished, and is currently shopping, The Nose Inside the Beehive, a family saga about the economic rise and fall of an immigrant family, following the expansion and contraction of the American middle class. She lives in the Myrtle Grove neighborhood of Pensacola with her husband.
Notable Government Employees in Fiction*
Charon (Classical mythology)
Works 24/7. Never discriminates on basis of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Hasn’t raised ticket prices in 2,619 years.
Soviet Militia (The Master and Margarita)
Ask helpful questions like, “What’s the trouble, citizens?” Restore order without resorting to violence. Clean up messes created by Satan and his retinue. Portrayed as less oppressive than both secret police of Roman Empire and literary establishment of Moscow.
Winston Smith and Julia (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Use love and intimacy to fight repressive regime. Know 2 + 2 = 4. Endure months of torture without breaking. Draw very reasonable line at having rats eat face.
Case worker for most vulnerable of populations: the recently deceased. Wrote definitive handbook for dealing with death. Mentors a high school football team. Chain smokes at her desk.
Lieu (Law & Order)
Tough but fair. Cracks glass ceiling; fights discrimination in workplace. Prohibits excessive force and perjury on her team. Uncovers fraudulent practices, even at risk of own reputation.
Agents J and K (Men in Black)
Help migrants and refugees assimilate in new home. Never blame larger community of immigrants for bad behavior of few. Willing to be swallowed whole by bug in line of duty.
Bob Ogden (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Dismissive of pointless class distinctions. Protects young woman from abusive brother and father. Champion of ordinary folk facing those who wish to abuse power.
Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
Loves job and community. Believes government serves the people; therefore called optimist. Fosters teamwork. Runs for office. Invented a holiday. Compliment game strong.
*Except for my coworkers, who are hard-working, helpful, reasonable, funny, fair, brave, protective, idealistic, and very real.