New Dodge County Treasurer Sworn In

(Juneau) Dodge County’s new treasurer is settling into her new role. Kris Keith was sworn in to the position earlier this month and will fill the remaining county treasurer term through January 5th of 2025. The vacancy was created when Patti Hilker, who had been in the role for the past 20 years, announced her retirement in January. Her last day was on April 3rd.

The Dodge County Board appointed Keith to fill the opening at their January meeting. Keith, who was chief deputy treasurer for the past two years, says it was always her goal to fill the office’s top post.

“And my goal was to potentially run for treasurer when Patti [Hilker] decided to retire,” says Keith. “So I’ve been learning from her for the last two years and I’ve learned everything that she’s doing.”

Keith says that time learning from Hilker was well served.

“I learn very quickly…I pick up on things very fast,” says Keith. “I know we have investors as well and if I have questions I can always ask them. I’m on all their emails that they send to Patti so they already know my name and they know my email. I’ve just tried to absorb everything in the office…I know how to do must everything in that office. If I don’t know how to do it, I know of it.”

Keith says she brings accounting experience, an accounting degree, and supervisory experience to her new position. She adds that she is excited to take over as the new Dodge County treasurer and welcomes the opportunity to meet taxpayers as well as teach people more about what their office does year-round.

Pictured from left to right: Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson, Dodge County Treasurer Kris Keith, and Dodge County Administrator Cameron Clapper