Parking Officer Documents Pandemic with Photography

A female photographer taking a picture.A Sausalito, Calif., parking enforcement officer is finding purpose and some positive attention putting a passion to work during COVID-19.

Beth DiLego, who holds an art degree from Endicott College, has taken her camera along while patrolling as a city parking officer, documenting both empty streets and storefronts and returning crowds as people have begun relaxing and wandering out the last few weeks. Her photographs are on display by the city in an online gallery, and she’s receiving accolades for documenting the COVID-19 pandemic in town.

She owned a clothing store until a recession forced its shutdown, and says she understands what business owners are going through. She also says she loves working as a parking enforcement officer and has greatly appreciated her unique perspective on patrol since things shut down in March.

The Marin Independent Journal ran a profile of DiLego that includes her work in parking and as an artist–read it here.