Dara Wren, now-former Logan County treasurer, says goodbye to her 49-year career in county government.
Wren started her career working at the county auditor’s office in 1970.
Her and her husband moved to Minnesota for short period of time.
“I thought we’d enjoy life, but we were way too isolated, so, we ended up coming back,” Wren remembered.
Upon her return, Wren took up babysitting for awhile until she got a job with the treasurer’s office in 1972 and was elected treasurer in 2001.
“I absolutely loved my job and the people I worked with and the customers I served,” she said.
One of her best remembered times during her career was dealing with a disgruntled gentleman.
“I just told him he needed to get his act together and get things taken care of,” Wren said. “I wasn’t going to stop what we were doing … he left in a huff and then he came back to the office and took care of his real estate and he thanked me for making him get his act together and we’ve been friends ever since. Those types of actions (are) really what made my life.”
Now, Wren is still navigating what her next move will be.
“Right now I’m on vacation,” she said. “I’m going to travel with friends. I’d like to see myself doing some type of volunteering work, but I don’t know what yet. Everything is new. I just have to adjust to this new way of my life.”
But Wren is looking forward to her new chapter.
“I hope it will be meaningful,” she said.
Wren expressed the utmost gratitude.
“Thank you to all the wonderful citizens of Logan County for (their) confidence in me as Logan County treasurer,” she said. “My 40 plus years as a county employee has been an honor I will always cherish.”