Looking forward to progress, the future
New Somerset Village Clerk Felicia Germain is no stranger to the workings of government -- town, county or village.
Germain began her new job as the village clerk on Tuesday, May 27. She filled the position that was vacated by Pamela Donohoe last month.
“It’s exciting to be a part of the progress in Somerset,” Germain said. “It’s going to be hard to fill Pam’s shoes. She has done so much to help this village grow.”
Germain, who lives in rural Somerset, worked as the first deputy treasurer for St. Croix County for almost four years. Before that, she was the Town of Star Prairie clerk for 11 years.
She applied for the Somerset clerk position in part because it’s closer to home for her, but also because she was looking for new challenges.
“I’m looking forward to being involved with the community again and knowing what’s going on,” Germain said. “I have to catch up on everything that’s been going on and get into a routine. I’m just trying to grasp everything. I’m walking into everything that’s in the middle of being done.”
Among her duties as clerk, Germain will handle elections, write meeting minutes, compile agendas, prepare tax statements and work with tax levies, keep communication open between the village board and village departments, and act as a liaison between Cedar Corporation and the village. That list is just the tip of the duty iceberg for Germain.
Taking on her new duties has been an easy transition because of help from Donohoe, treasurer/deputy clerk Andrea Otto and utility clerk Brenda Neumann, she said.
“They have been so helpful,” Germain said. “Everyone is so easy to work with.”
Germain is glad Donohoe is staying on until the end of the year as the economic development director, and hopes to learn from her in that aspect.
She admits that she will miss her county job, especially the people she worked with and the public she served, but she’s looking forward to seeing what happens in Somerset when the St. Croix Crossing bridge project is complete.
A native of Virginia, Minn., Germain moved to this area to attend Lakewood College (now Century College). She earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls. She and her husband Paul have three boys: Preston, Danté and Spencer.
She enjoys selling Lia Sophia jewelry, canoeing on the Apple River, biking on trails in northern Minnesota, gardening and canning.
“Spending time with family is the main thing,” Germain said. “I love to do that.”