Clerk’s exit may cause Village Hall to limit its hours

Fredonia received one application for the job

LONGTIME FREDONIA VILLAGE CLERK Sandi Tretow operated a voting machine during a 2016 demonstration at Ozaukee High School. Press file photo
By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press staff

Village officials are coming to grips with the departure of longtime Clerk Sandi Tretow and may be hard pressed to keep village hall open until they find her replacement. 

With property tax season soon approaching, Public Works Director Roger Strohm questioned trustees during a Nov. 4 Village Board meeting how Village Hall will operate while the clerk position is being filled. 

“We should probably have some discussion, since it takes 60 to 90 days to find a replacement, how we’re going to operate,” he said. 

Currently, Village Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for residents to pay bills, submit building requests and handle other matters. But without a full-time clerk, Strohm said the village office may not be able to operate during its usual hours. 

Strohm said a temporary schedule should be established, especially since he expects it may take longer than one month to fill the position. 

During the two weeks a job listing for the position has been posted online, the village has received one application. 

Trustee Jill Bertram said it is likely Strohm will have to operate the office when he is available outside of his other village duties, or that trustees may have to step in to keep the doors open for limited hours through the week. 

Trustee John Long said even if Village Hall is only open for limited hours, residents can pay their property tax bills at the Fredonia Port Washington State Bank. 

Strohm noted that even if taxes can be paid elsewhere, Village Hall will still need to be open for select hours so developers can drop off building plans and projects can continue. 

While no decision was made regarding Village Hall operations, it seems likely hours will be reduced when Tretow steps down from the position this month. 

Tretow’s resignation was announced during an Oct. 21 Village Board meeting, where she said she would be pursuing another position with higher pay. 

Trustees also deliberated how the clerk and treasurer position should be handled moving forward. 

Bill McLarty, head of the Personnel Committee, said the position could remain the same, be split into two full-time positions or be split into a full-time clerk position and part-time administrative assistant role. 

Trustee Joshua Haas said he believes the position should be broken up into two full-time positions, which received the support of Village President Don Dohrwardt. 

“That’s the ideal office,” he said, noting that having two positions allows workers to best manage separate village duties. 

But with low interest in the clerk position so far, McLarty said the village will have to secure one full-time employee before considering another one.

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