Madison County Director of Personnel Mary Krause tendered her three-week notice last week.
After working her way up the public service ladder in the county's Personnel Department for more than two decades to become one of the highest-paid county employees, Krause will return to the site of her internship 23 years ago: the Public Employment Relations Board.
In a letter to county leaders, Krause talked about the contrast of services and responsibilities of the department between 1987 and 2009.
"When I arrived in the Personnel Department back in 1986, we handled civil service administration, labor relations, workers' compensation and a handful of county policies and procedures with four full-time employees," Krause wrote. " Now with six full-time employees and a part-time safety consultant, Madison County has a full-performance human resources department as I exit in 2009.
"Employee orientation, employee recognition, retiree recognition, the employee benefits fair, retirement and deferred compensation information sessions, optional short term disability benefits, alcohol and drug testing, pre-employment physicals/drug screens, management and employee training, performance appraisal, management pay for performance, employee health and safety, wellness coaching and -- thanks to federal and state 'alphabet soup' -- a virtual encyclopedia of policies and procedures have all been developed over this 20-year span.
"The past 22 years have sped by in the blink of an eye," Krause wrote. "Almost every day, I am busy throughout the day with a myriad of different and interesting matters involving county employees and public employment. The variety in my work has kept this position very interesting, to say the least."
"This is a great loss to Madison County," said Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John M. Becker last week. "She takes with her a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that will be difficult to replace."
Krause will be based out of the Albany office of PERB, but will have a Central New York caseload, she said. That stroke of luck prevents her from having to relocate.
Krause said public sector labor relations is her first love.
Look for the story of Krause's career in next week's Madison County editions.