Longtime local resident chosen as next town clerk

Former attorney rises to top from among dozen applicants for vacant post

Raquel Engelke
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Town of Saukville announced a new clerk during a special meeting on Tuesday, June 26.

Raquel Engelke has been a town resident for more than 10 years and said her new position is a perfect opportunity for her to serve the community.

“My husband and I got married at the Riverdge Nature Center in the town over 20 years ago,” she said. “So we decided to come back to our roots and call Saukville our home.”

She said she was motivated to apply for the position because her husband Todd Korb is a member of the town’s Planning Commission.

Engelke has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but hasn’t practiced law for 18 years because she was raising her family.

“Now that my first child is heading to college, I feel I have a little bit more time and I was looking for a job that would allow me to give back to the community and make a difference,” she said. 

Engelke said her past experience as a mediator for La Crosse County and as a legal researcher for Milwaukee County’s courts system will allow her to have a smooth transition.

“I think my background with dispute resolution will really help me,” she said. “I know people may come into the office frustrated, and I think I can do a good job to find a resolution for their concerns as quickly as possible.”

With her law degree, Engelke said she feels comfortable with analyzing and writing ordinances and statutes for the town. 

She said she is also interested in learning about overseeing the midterm elections in November.

“I know the elections are coming up and it’s really important for a lot of people,” she said.

Former Town Clerk Harrison DeVries, who took a job as a policy analyst in Madison, will help assist her during the elections.

Town Chairman Don Hamm said a dozen people applied for the clerk position, which became open at the end of May. He said there is a steep learning curve to become town clerk and said Engelke is the right person for the job.

“There were a lot of good applicants and we wanted to pick someone who would rise to the top,” he said. “We wanted to determine their skill set and see what they could bring to the town. I think she will go beyond our expectations.”

Engelke said she is ready to start her new career and is honored to serve the town.

“This really seems like the best opportunity for me,” she said. “I’m excited to start this next chapter in my life.” 

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