Things have been moving at a fast pace for Jennifer Hansen since she agreed to become the Village of Wolverine Lake’s treasurer.
Village council members got the ball rolling in March, when they authorized Administrator Dave Gillam to negotiate a contract with Hansen. Council unanimously approved her contract at their April 13 meeting, and Hansen started Monday, April 18.
Village Council President Brian Nedrow said Saturday, “We’re excited to have her back at the village, and I think she’s going to do a great job in her new capacity.” Due to her prior work for the village, he added, “she hit the ground running.”
“It’s been a busy, busy couple of weeks, but I love it,” Hansen said.
She spent her first week back at village offices working with Treasurer Mike Kondek, who’s aiding her in learning the ropes; the second week, she was at the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association’s (MMTA) annual week of training in Mt. Pleasant, which included five days of all day intensive training.
At the end of the week, Hansen had completed 33 hours of the required treasurer training. She will do the next segment during a similar week next year, and complete her final year of training in 2024.
She also has the advantage of working with Kondek for a while, and he’s also said he’d be available for questions, even after he’s officially retired from the village. “I feel so fortunate to have Mike spend so much time training me,” Hansen said. “I
We know you have feel that the Village of Wolverine Lake is giving me all the tools I need to be successful.”
She also plans to take part in MMTA’s mentoring program, and has numerous resources from that organization to help answer any questions she has.
The office felt like home right away. Hansen was an administrative assistant for the village for about 10 years before leaving to work at White Lake Township, where she recently completed 10 years of service.
But former – now present coworkers weren’t the only familiar faces: she also enjoyed seeing village residents she’d known from her prior stint at the village.
“It just felt like I was where belonged,” Hansen concluded.