In Memoriam: Jacqueline Carter-Mills
Contributed by Susan Harris and Frank Anderson
Jacqueline Carter-Mills worked for Caltrans as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the Division of Administration, Office of Budgets, for nearly five years. “Jackie,” as she was affectionately known, passed away on June 23, 2010.
Jackie was a dedicated, valuable and integral part of the Budgets Office. She worked in the Operations Expense Unit and was responsible for overseeing and monitoring District 7’s operating expenses for all programs and divisions. She worked closely with each division’s Fund Monitor in trying to ensure that expenditures did not exceed allocations. She analyzed financial data and prepared reports on the status of the district’s operating expenses. She also compiled fund source data so each division and program would know where expenditures were occurring. Additionally, Jackie was the District’s Out-of-State Coordinator. In this role, she evaluated and approved out-of-state travel requests.
Jackie’s extensive contributions helped the “Budget Analysis and Projection Team” receive a Pioneer level rating in the 2007 Quality Team Awards. The team was recognized for their efforts to preserve and enhance District 7’s resources and assets.
Before coming to Caltrans, Jackie worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for over 10 years. As a DMV Administrative Hearing Officer (Driver Safety Referee), she was responsible for evaluating the licensing of drivers with physical or mental impairments. Prior to her position with DMV, Jackie was employed with Southwest Community College, where she simultaneously earned her associate of arts degree.
Jackie was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1965 and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. She was extremely industrious and talented, and was passionate about working with kids. Her love of children inspired her to achieve her goal of becoming the founder and owner of her own day care center, Mema’s Day Care. The center will remain Jackie’s legacy. Her family has said that they will keep it open, continuing Jackie’s mission.
Jackie’s passing is a tremendous loss not only to her family, friends, the Office of Budgets and Caltrans, but to all who knew her. She will be forever missed and remembered.