Dawn Krause now has a short commute to work.
It is only two blocks from her home to Fremont’s village hall.
Krause is Fremont’s new village clerk, and she likes the fact she is able to walk to work – except on extremely cold winter days.
“When it became available this year, I looked at the job description and thought about the flexibility and location,” she said of the position.
Krause was hired last August to replace Karen Looker, who has retired after being the village’s clerk for 20 years.
Looker’s last day working for the village was Monday, Dec. 30.
Krause was one of about a dozen people who applied for the position.
The village’s Employee Committee, along with Village President Dan Sambs, interviewed each applicant.
After Krause was chosen to be the village’s new clerk, she attended the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association’s annual convention in Milwaukee.
She found that experience to be helpful and also has a mentor through the clerk’s association.
A native of Wrightstown, Krause worked full time at Nabisco and part time at Progressive Farmers Cooperative in Greenleaf, following her graduation from high school.
She also took classes at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, working toward an accounting degree.
Krause and her husband, Paul, met through Progressive Farmers Cooperative. He began working in its Agronomy Department after he graduated from college.
In 1996, he accepted a position in Hancock, and the following year, they were married. Krause worked at Schierl Companies in Stevens Point for four years.
The couple lived in Amherst until 2001. That year, they moved to Fremont, after he began working for the city of Appleton.
Krause’s husband is originally from West Bloomfield. and the couple has two sons – 12-year-old Austin and 11-year-old Logan.
After Austin was born, Krause was a stay-at-home mother for four years. Over the course of about four years, she waitressed in the evenings.
Krause worked at several area restaurants and said that “is how I met people from throughout the area.”
Next, she was the secretary at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for three years.
Krause then worked in bookkeeping at Farmers State Bank, in Waupaca.
She worked there until late last October. In November, Krause began working with Looker three days a week to learn the various aspects of the village clerk position.
“I’m already finding the job to be what I expected,” Krause said.
Her experience in customer service and bookkeeping will be valuable as village clerk.
Looker describes Krause as being very detail oriented and eager to learn.
With two sons, Krause is involved with the youth boys basketball board and said Paul is involved in coaching.
The activities of their sons include football, basketball, baseball, track and band.
Austin is a student at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School, while Logan is at Fremont Elementary School.
Krause also continues to serve on some church boards and in her free time, enjoys scrapbooking, camping and kayaking.
“I think it will be a really good fit with our family and where we are,” she said of being the village clerk. “I’m looking forward to getting to know more of the residents and to meeting them.”