Osceola welcomes Fran Duncanson as clerk/treasurer
The Village of Osceola formally welcomed Fran Duncanson as the new clerk/treasurer at their monthly board meeting December 10. Duncanson has many years of experience in public service that she is bringing to Osceola and says she is excited to be a part of the community.
“My hometown is Turtle Lake, that’s where I was born and raised,” Duncanson said. “I worked at a bank for about five years before a deputy clerk positioned opened up in Turtle Lake 24 years ago, and that’s when I started my career in local government.”
After 12 years in Turtle Lake, Duncanson worked in the City of Amery as the clerk/treasurer and office manager for eight years, spent two years in the Village of Clayton, and one year in Wyoming, Minnesota, before the opportunity in Osceola brought her back to Wisconsin.
Outside of government, Duncanson is fondly interested in genealogy; a discovery that would show her that working in government was “in her blood.”
“I realized I knew a lot about my mom’s side of the family, but I didn’t know much about my dad’s side of the family,” Duncanson said. “I started my research there and found lots of exciting and unexpected discoveries. A lot of things came up that make a lot of sense to me. I found out my great-grandfather was a state legislator in Iowa, and I found out that my ancestors also had a history of working in local government.”
A cat lover with four of her own, Duncanson also works with Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue of Kenosha, a program that accepts owner surrenders, works with shelters and brings purebred cats in who would otherwise do poorly in a shelter environment due to their special needs.
“If there is an owner surrender in our area, I meet with the owner to accept the cat,” she said. “Then I meet another member of the organization and pass the cat off to them who go through a couple legs of transport to get them a home, and rehabbed, and then they’re adopted!”
When it comes to her new role in Osceola, Duncanson has aspirations in mind during her service to the community. “I hope to bring customer service to the residents of Osceola, and value to the taxpayers,” she said. “I also hope to do some community outreach with elections. I’m hoping to do that both through voter registration and in-person early voting. Ben Krumenauer and I are working together on some plans for community outreach for that.”
“I bring a lot of experience and credentials to my position here, so I am happy to be utilized in whatever role the village board and administrator deem as what will help the most,” Duncanson concluded. “I’m here to serve the public. It’s in my blood, and it’s my calling in life.”