Written by Lance Leonhard
Each day, over 700 Marathon County Government employees from over 20 departments work together to deliver services to county residents and guests and pursue our goal of being the healthiest, safest, and most prosperous county in the State of Wisconsin.
You might be surprised to learn that our County Government departments and related agencies are overseen in a couple of different ways…
- Most of our departments (such as Conservation, Planning, & Zoning; Employee Resources; Social Services; and Parks, Recreation, & Forestry) are led by Department Directors whom I appoint and oversee as County Administrator.
- Several departments (such as the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin Airport, and Marathon County Public Library) are led by Directors who are selected and overseen by a governing board.
- And, a number of departments (such as the County Clerk’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and Sheriff’s Office) are led by elected officials, selected by the voters of Marathon County.
Below, you’ll get to know our newest Department Head, County Treasurer Connie Beyersdorff, as I asked her a few questions about her first days on the job.
Q. What interested you about becoming the Marathon County Treasurer?
“As Treasurer I am going to have the opportunity to use all of my professional skills while also truly helping the people in Marathon County. I have a degree in Accounting and am completing a degree in Human Resources Management. I have over 18 years of experience working in positions of business administration, accounting, HR and purchasing, and 7 years of experience with local government, serving as a Clerk and Clerk/Treasurer. Throughout my career, I have built lasting relationships and have demonstrated a commitment to teamwork and effective financial management. As Marathon County Treasurer, I’ll now get the opportunity to do even more to serve my community.”
Q. So, how’s the job thus far?
“It’s been great!
I started on November 2, 2020, which fell during the busiest time of year in the Treasurer’s Office, as we are completing tax calculations and assisting local municipal Clerks and Treasurers. The process certainly has been challenging, but it’s really been excellent because it has given me the opportunity to work with each and every local municipal clerk and treasurer. We had great conversations, and I enjoyed working collaboratively with them to work through issues and problem-solve.
I also truly appreciate the energy and support of my staff. We are already a strong team, and I know we will get even stronger as we work more together.”
Q. What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned since taking the position?
“The most surprising thing is the complexity of accessing the Federal Government’s grant systems. That has been a challenging endeavor, to say the least.”
Q. While you’re clearly busy at work, what do you like to do in your spare time?
“In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family. Whether it’s 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, or spending long weekends at our cabin in Michigan, spending time outdoors together is important. I am an active member of the Wisconsin Valley Sno-Jets snowmobile club, so right now, I am hoping for more snow!”
We’re happy to have Connie join our Marathon County team.
If you have any questions about the work of the Marathon County Treasurer’s Office, visit our website. There, you can:
- Get information on your property,
- Access our Frequently Asked Questions guide, and
- Find details about how to pay your tax bill electronically from the comfort of your couch.
Marathon County Administrator
Lance Leonhard began his career in Marathon County Government in the Office of Corporation Counsel. He then served as Deputy Administrator and currently serves as the Marathon County Administrator. Lance’s career in public service has spanned more than a decade, having worked for the federal government as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for the state of Wisconsin as an Assistant District Attorney. Outside of work, you’re likely to find Lance spending time with his family, traveling, teeing off on a local golf course, or sitting around a campfire with friends. Email Lance Leonhard
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