Gathering around are, from left, sanitary district staff Stuart Marks, Paulette Janssen, Lisa Reas and Dallas Lewallen. Reas creadits her success to staff teamwork.
Gathering around are, from left, sanitary district staff Stuart Marks, Paulette Janssen, Lisa Reas and Dallas Lewallen. Reas creadits her success to staff teamwork.

   The first few days were difficult.

   After receiving a call from the board of commissioners of the Green Lake Sanitary District requesting her assistance, Lisa Reas took up the mantle of interim administrator and worked to fill the gaping hole left behind by Administrator Charlie Marks’ sudden passing on Jan. 4.

   But the task ahead of Reas wasn’t easy.

   “I’ve known Charlie Marks for 20 years; he was a friend and that was really hard,” Reas said. “A lot of people in town that knew Charlie, when we talked to him, we talked about projects, but we also talked about his retirement. He was so looking forward to that, and I think that was very hard to deal with.”

   Since Reas was aware of Marks’ desire to retire, she noted her interest in the administrator position to Marks, who then would discuss several sanitary district projects with Reas as she ran her business LJ Reas Environmental Consulting in Green Lake.

   “Charlie kept me very updated on things that were going on,” Reas said. “Charlie would ... occasionally ask my opinion on things, so it was a very good relationship. It put me in a very good position to know what was going on and what needed to be done.”

   When Reas assumed the position of interim administrator Jan. 15, she hit the ground running.

   Read the full story, including Rea's background experience and the current status of the position, in the March 7, 2019 of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.