Sheryl Klocker will challenge incumbent Mary Kuhl for the position of County Treasurer at the upcoming elections. Basing her campaign around fair treatment and strong ethics, she feels that her experience and personal values more than qualify her for the position.
“I am running for the Office of County Treasurer because several folks have approached me personally who thought that it was time for a change and that I was the person who could make that change happen,” she says.
“I believe that fair and equal treatment for all taxpayers, with friendly customer service, is the highest priority of my campaign promises. I am open to communications with any and all – taxpayer, co-worker, co-department – for the best results according to the limits of statutes for all of us involved.”
Though Klocker believes that the office runs efficiently and its customer service is smooth, she has identified two high priority goals, should she be elected. The first would be to promote teamwork and see that all employees are given the same opportunities.
“Getting input and treating your employees equally promotes teamwork, and I believe that teamwork is the best way to get things done,” she says.
Her second goal would be to employ the ethics outlined in the Code of the West.
“It’s all about treating one another the same way you want to be treated, doing your work to the best of your ability and, if you don’t know how, ask and let’s figure it out,” she explains.
“Respect for your co-workers, teammates and the people you serve – all of these involve Code of the West ethics.”
Klocker has extensive bookkeeping experience, she says, starting back in high school when she learned how to do all general ledger accounts by hand. She also worked for eight years at Energy Electric, again performing most tasks manually.
“I believe I am qualified to do this job because I have been there for the past eight years, worked as the Deputy Treasurer, and done everything from motor vehicles to property taxes to transportable homes,” she says.
“My expertise there was general ledger work and cash receipting. I really believe that the bookkeeping end is what most qualifies me for the position, keeping a good set of records for the county and the taxpayers.”
Klocker is interested in problem-solving quickly and efficiently and has the communication skills to make that happen, she says. She has also maintained a good working relationship with each courthouse agency.
“I believe the taxpayers need to be able to get the best bang for their dollar. If all the employees are working together to get their best results, I believe that’s the best thing for all the taxpayers,” she notes.
“Even though all the departments in the county have to work together, I realize that each department has its special role in government and we shouldn’t co-mingle the duties or responsibilities. We should work co-operatively for the best interests of the taxpayer, yes, but keeping all of our duties separate.”
Klocker moved to Crook County with her family in 1977, from central South Dakota. She graduated from high school here and has been married to her husband for 32 years, living in Sundance for the past 24 years and building a home and business together.
“We have both been able to work with and cooperate with constituents in the county. He has been a self-employed truck driver since 1989, serving the farmers and ranchers of Crook County,” she says.
The couple has three daughters. The oldest, 31, is a lab technician in Mile City, the middle child, 29, recently moved to Oklahoma and the youngest is currently a junior in college down in Laramie.
“They’re all successful children who have been born and raised here, of which I’m very proud,” she adds, noting that the small schools and community of Crook County have been instrumental in this success.
Klocker completed a year of college with accounting as her main emphasis and, as office personnel for the Crook County Conservation District for four years, says she immensely enjoyed the experience of working with the county’s taxpayers.
“I also worked for four years at the Texaco gas station and I believe that provided a lot of insight into people,” she says.
“Serving residents and non-residents alike, I just enjoyed being the cashier and meeting and greeting people. I believe that is a good quality to have in working with the public.”
Klocker has also served on the Sundance City Council for the past four years.
“I believe that being part of that group enabled me to cooperate with and communicate with other entities of the county, including the towns, the local boards and county entities. Just being a member of the council afforded me the luxury of being able to do that,” she says.
“Being on the council also gave me the opportunity to be part of the Northeast Wyoming Leaders Group. That provided a lot of insight into issues that all of us are experiencing, not just in northeast Wyoming but across the state.”
The experience also allowed her to network with state leaders and congressmen. Talking, listening and garnering ideas from one another is an excellent way to learn and solve issues, she says.
Klocker encourages members of the public with questions or comments to contact her at home via 283-2577, on her cell phone at 290-0102 or by email at [email protected]