County treasurer resigns
Cheryl Slind, who has been St. Croix County treasurer for six years, is resigning at the end of May to take a job with a private municipal software company.
Slind said John Gasper, owner of Workhorse Software Services, called her last fall to make a job offer.
She had used Workhorse's software when she was clerk/treasurer for the village of Woodville and got to know Gasper then.
"I've learned that you always have to listen," said Slind, saying that she hadn't been looking for a different job, but was willing to hear Gasper's proposal.
While she met with him, Slind said she was busy with her family's activities and work and wanted time to ponder her decision
"It's taken me seven months to work out all the details," she said Thursday.
The new job, which offers a salary and benefit package similar to the treasurer's compensation, will allow Slind to work from her rural Baldwin home three days a week. The other two days will be spent providing customer service and software training to clients within a 150 mile radius of Baldwin.
Part of her job will be helping develop new concepts, "that whole aspect of making it bigger and better."
As well as not having to commute to work each day, the new job will allow her to take time off during the holiday season and summers, said Slind.
"For 20 years I've never had a December, January or a summer (vacation), and to be given that back is huge," said Slind, noting that she hasn't been able to take time off during those tax-collection seasons at either of her two most recent jobs.
"When the opportunity is given to you, and it fits, it's like 'Wow, cool,'" said Slind describing her feelings.
Also, she said, when she thought about it, although St. Croix Government Center isn't a huge facility, she is more comfortable in smaller work settings.
"It's been a good job," she said of the treasurer's post. "But it's also been 20 years in government, and maybe it's time to be out of it."
Slind and her family are active in community and school, are happy in Baldwin and won't be moving, she said.
Her son Mitch will graduate from Baldwin-Woodville High School this spring. Daughter Micheala is a 7th grader.
Under state law, the County Board can appoint an interim treasurer or call a special election to fill out Slind's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2012. Current pay for the job is $61,000.