Just about three months shy of what would have been her 23rd anniversary with Madison County, Personnel Officer Mary Krause announced her resignation March 4. The move puts Krause right where she left off in college: the Public Employment Relations Board.
A graduate of Liverpool High School and Cornell University's School of Industrial Labor Relations, Krause began her career with Madison County as a technician trainee in June 1986. She was appointed personnel officer in August 1990.
Krause said she was pointed in the direction of labor relations through interest surveys taken in high school. She said she wound up applying to Cornell to pursue studies in the field.
"I arrived to find 90 percent of the class already knew they wanted to go to law school," Krause said. "Myself, I wasn't so sure."
Krause said she always was interested and involved in student government in high school and student union in college. She said a lecture brought her interests in labor and government brought two loves together for her, and an internship in PERB brought her to seek opportunities that combined those interests.
"I found this job in the paper," Krause said.
She moved to Canastota in 1990.
Krause credits her parents' support of education as the cornerstone of her own love for learning.
"They made sure we did what we were expected to do," Krause said, adding that her first six years of education began in Catholic school. "Between my parents and the foundation of my early education, I have always enjoyed learning. I always loved reading."
Krause said the job is interesting by its very nature.
"Because it is so diverse," Krause said. "Because we're a multi-dimensional personnel department -- labor relations, civil service, employee health and safety -- and that's the other opportunity that has been granted to me here at the county."