Mike Heine/The Week
(Published March. 26, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)
After working 28 years for the same employer, Walworth County Treasurer Kathy DuBois decided it's time to retire.
Her last day will be April 13.
DuBois, was treasurer since January 1997. She was elected in the November 1996 election.
She started with the county in 1979 in then-District Attorney Robert Kennedy's office. She also worked for the county child support services office, the clerk of courts and the UW-Extension office before going to the treasurer's office as an accountant in 1988.
Family was the main reason DuBois decided she'd mailed her last property tax bill.
Her husband, Larry, retired from the Walworth County Sheriff's Department six years ago. She looks forward to spending more time with him and their 17-year-old daughter, Masha.
"It was a very hard decision to make," DuBois said. "I really like my job."
She has no immediate plans for the future, other than spending time "up north" boating with her family.
The county executive committee made plans for her replacement Wednesday by appointing Deputy Treasurer Ann Weber as the interim treasurer.
The appointment still needs approval from the county board. The executive committee decided a special election would not be necessary since Weber is capable of handling the job.
Weber, the deputy treasurer for eight years, also has a background in personal banking.
She took a $2,700 pay cut and a reduction in benefits to assume the interim role. When election time rolls around again, in April 2009, Weber will have the option to return to her old job with her current benefits. She has not decided if she will run for the treasurer's office.
The county will hire someone to fill Weber's role and ensure staffing levels in the always-busy treasurer's office remain adequate.
Weber said DuBois made positive changes in the department, particularly in the area of minimizing delinquent tax payments. Shortly after starting, DuBois implemented a reminder notice program that sent property owners letters to let them know that second-installment tax payments were due. That greatly reduced the number of delinquent tax payments, which benefits the county's bottom line.
DuBois will leave the office in a well-working order. Weber, however, would like to have more cross training of staff so absences are not as disruptive. The department has only five on staff who send and receive property tax bills to a county of about 100,000 residents.