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Chippewa County clerk leaves for Bloomer job

She’s taking newly created administrative position

posted Feb. 16, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Dan Holtz. bio | email

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    FrionSandi Frion, apppointed Chippewa County clerk in March 2011. 2011 photo.

Sandi Frion, Chippewa County clerk since 2011, will be leaving the county to become Bloomer’s city administrator-clerk-treasurer.

“We found Sandi to be very well-spoken. We thought she had the type of personality that would go well here,” Bloomer Mayor Jeff Steinmetz said.

Frion’s references indicated she has a can-do type of attitude and is a team player, he said.

“We thought she was far and above the best candidate,” Steinmetz said. “We thought she would be a great fit.”

Bloomer Councilman Kevin Meinen echoed the mayor’s thoughts.

“It’s a very good move at this point,” Meinen said. “I definitely support her. She’s very positive, very motivated.”

Frion will be Bloomer’s first administrator-clerk-treasurer because it is a consolidated position prompted by the retirements of city clerk Sue Stoik, street department supervisor Mike Meindel and electric department supervisor Pete Paulson.

Frion will oversee the city’s electric, sewer and water, and streets departments, Steinmetz said.

“And there will be three managers under Sandi,” he said.

Meinen said he supported the consolidated position.

“We thought it was a more effective and efficient way to go,” he said.

Frion said this week she sought the Bloomer job because it looked like a challenging position to further grow her career.

Steinmetz said 12 people applied for the administrator-clerk-treasurer position and Frion was one of three applicants interviewed.

The City Council decided to extend Frion an offer for the job and she accepted it on Monday, Steinmetz said.

The council will vote on Frion’s appointment and wage and benefit package at its meeting Wednesday, the mayor said.

Steinmetz expects Frion to start her new job in Bloomer in mid-March.

Chippewa County Board Chairman Anson Albarado said this week an interim county clerk will likely be appointed to replace Frion.

The Chippewa County Board appointed Frion as county clerk in March 2011 to replace Kathy Bernier, who was elected to the 68th Assembly District seat.

Frion, a Democrat from New Auburn, was elected in November 2012 to a four-year term and re-elected last November. Both times she ran unopposed.

Frion previously worked for the Chippewa Falls school district. She graduated from Lakeland College with an administrative assistant associate degree.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com