Former bank manager takes over job as town clerk/treasurer
Hammond residents who miss seeing Sandi Hazer’s familiar, friendly face from when she worked at Associated Bank as the branch manager for 12 years can find her at a new desk in town.
She can be found in the village clerk’s office at Hammond Village Hall. Hazer began her new position as the Village of Hammond’s clerk/treasurer Oct. 7.
The position had been vacant since mid-May, when Kelly Brett left, Hazer said.
Hazer said duties of her new job include maintaining and doing the day-to-day operations and administrative duties of the municipality.
“I am thrilled to do whatever I can to serve the Village of Hammond,” Hazer said.
Hazer, who has lived in the area for 14 years and has served as the clerk for the Town of Rush River for four years, said a lot of her duties as Hammond’s clerk are similar to those she performs for Rush River, just on a larger scale.
Her years in banking and her financial background have also prepared her well for her new job, Hazer said. That and “the school of hard knocks,” she chuckled.
According to the new clerk, the thing she likes most about her new job other than working with finances and the budget is seeing all the village residents. She said she knows the majority of them from her years at the bank.
“It’s good to see people again when they drop off their utility bills,” Hazer said. “It’s a nice, tight-knit community.”
The most challenging part of starting this job has been getting acclimated to new software and getting organized in such a busy setting.
“This is such a busy time of year with so many things going on,” Hazer said.
She listed budget planning, state taxes and sending property tax statements out to residents as examples.
“There’s been a lot going on and without a clerk here to prepare it (the budget), it just got pushed back,” Hazer said. “It’s a lot to get done and they’ve had a lot on their plate.”
Her face lit up when she spoke about her husband, Bill, daughter, Jessie, miniature dachshund, Oscar, and her beloved football team, the Minnesota Vikings.
Oscar, who is almost 10 years old, resides with Hazer and her husband Bill south of town. Jessie, who is 24 and graduated from St. Croix Central, lives in Minneapolis.
She and her husband enjoy travelling, and as Vikings season ticket holders, had a unique opportunity to do just that this fall.
Hazer, who is an avid football fan, was extremely excited that she and her husband were able to attend the Vikings game in London at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29 when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27.
“They actually won,” Hazer smiled.
Hazer and her husband had been on a two-week extended tour of Europe, which included Belgium where they visited a family friend, and Germany, where they lived while Bill was stationed in the Army for two years in the 1980s.
“We took the Eurotrain through the Chunnel that Saturday night, so we missed all the festivities and parade on Regent’s Street,” Hazer said.
There has been much discussion lately between village board members on whether Hazer’s position should be a clerk/administrator position, or remain clerk/treasurer.
Whether she is called the clerk/treasurer or the clerk/administrator, Hazer said her duties will be whatever the board directs her to do.