GERMANTOWN - Just days before the spring primary on Feb. 21, the village of Germantown has hired Cheryl Bodoh to replace former deputy clerk Jilline Dobratz.
Dobratz, who had been with the village since July 2014, resigned for what she saw as "a better opportunity to work at another municipality," according to Village Board President Dean Wolter.
Bodoh interviewed for the position Tuesday, Feb. 7, and started her first day in the clerk's office on Monday, Feb. 13.
Her previous government employment includes work as the deputy clerk and court clerk with the village of Waterford and town clerk for the town of Port Washington.
Bodoh said Village Clerk Barbara Goeckner was her mentor at the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association when she worked for Port Washington.
"I'm very excited about working in a bigger municipality and for Barb," Bodoh said.
The deputy clerk position was filled quickly by the village — and had to be — with the upcoming spring primary later this month and general election in April, according to Wolter. He said filling the vacant position was a grave concern of the village.
“It’s a huge concern because then we’ll have to try and find other people to help support that, whether that be in other departments, or just additional poll workers," Wolter said. "That would put a huge stress on the village clerk department to be down one deputy clerk during the election, even though a lot of people won’t be coming. Most primaries are light in activity, but there’s still the normal things you have to do for any election, like set up the machines and get the tally books ready, work with all the poll workers and make sure that everything is running smoothly."
Goeckner and Village Administrator David Schornack created the online postings of the open position, and ultimately, hired Bodoh.
Bodoh will work alongside current deputy clerk Tanya Raymond. Some of her duties will include going to committee meetings and taking notes, and helping the department handle all documents that go in and out of the village.
"Whether it be permits, or anything that has to be handled, filed, or registered with the state, county, or local municipality, that's what they're in charge of," Wolter said. "It’s a central clearing house, in a sense, of all information that comes in or through the village. They’re in charge of elections too, that’s the second most important part of their office besides the daily duties.”
The spring primary will be held in Germantown on Feb. 21 at four polling locations. To find the polling location for your ward, visit http://www.village.germantown.wi.us.