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PSU what made you decide to take the promotion *now*? Money, inertia, hit your head too many times, ....?

Yeah, probably the hit on my head. I wasn't wearing my helmet at the time.

It was a combination of things. Money was a factor. I have 4 years until I retire. I have a pension that is based on my 4 highest years of income. It just matched up time-wise. It doesn't hurt that my raise is 24%.

I'm also the best qualified for the position, including employees of other sections. It takes a lot of experience to do any job in our group effectively. We've lost 2 people to retirement and they were replaced with someone with 1 year of experience and someone with several years of related experience but no direct experience. The acting supervisor spent several hours several weeks back trying to convince me to take the job. He came in from another group and ran it pretty efficiently so he knew the process of coming up to speed on running the group. Also, I've been here over 25 years so I know everything that is involved in getting the work done. I've been involved in management meetings for the past year. Yes, they were probably grooming me. I just need to learn how to manage people since I don't have experience in that area. I've been the technical expert for a number of years now and have done the bulk of the work. That was the one issue I have with taking the job. I'm leaving a big gap in the work load of the group that has to be taken up by the inexperienced staff and whoever I find to replace me.

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