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California woman to coordinate 2002 Games activities in Ogden

City officials will pay a California woman $60,000 a year to coordinate Ogden's Olympics-related activities.

Cathleen Dressler, Gilroy, Calif., chosen from 106 applicants, will start work March 2."She came highly recommended," said Don Bruey, Mayor Glenn Mecham's assistant. "She has a wealth of experience. We're excited about hiring her."

Dressler has worked as a department director for the northern California city of Milpitas for the past three years. Before that, she was a division director in charge of the city's public relations and marketing program, a section supervisor and a program coordinator.

Dressler said the 2002 Winter Olympics was what caught her eye.

"It's a great opportunity," Dressler told the Standard-Examiner in a phone interview. "I have the skills and ability to match the job."

That job will include not only Olympics coordination, but preparing the city for several pre-Olympic events.

Dressler said she also will be making sure Ogden's interests are represented in 2002 plans. She also will seek Olympics-related grants for the city.

"When all is said and done, we need to make sure people in Ogden feel good about the Olympics and the rest of the world knows Ogden is a good place to be," Dressler said.