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METER MAIDS. Dubuque's first three meter maids were selected in 1962 and began training at police headquarters pending the arrival of their uniforms. The three women were Ruth Peed, Susan Yaeger, and Judy Niday.

At police headquarters, the women studied aspects of traffic work and performed clerical duties in the office of the traffic court and the police records room. Once assigned to duty, the meter maids covered the downtown area and other business districts tagging cars parked overtime at meters.

Hiring the three women freed two patrolmen for work at heavily traveled areas during rush hours.



"Meter Maids In Training," Telegraph Herald, February 15, 1962, p. 1