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When you ask Peggy Dlapa why she likes her job, it’s easy to see in her answer, why she is so good at it. As an administrative aide in the Clerk’s office, Peggy answers the city’s phones, and deals directly with the public, both in her responsibilities at the clerk’s counter at City Hall, and in her behind-the-scenes work on our local elections. “I absolutely love dealing with the public,” she said in a recent interview. “There is so much variety in the work that I do, and I use my years of experience on the job to hopefully answer the public’s questions, or at least get them to the right person.”
Peggy began her career in 1998 as a Police Department clerk, after spending 9 years as a dispatcher for the City of Cudahy, where she grew up. In 2008 she began splitting time between the Police Department and the Clerk’s office, just after the 2008 Presidential election. She fondly recalls her time spent in the former Police Department building on Howell Avenue, and the challenges of working in that smaller space. She’s also worked directly for the last two City Clerks including Pam Bauer, and Catherine Roeske, as well as serving as a Police clerk during Bev Buretta’s tenure as City Clerk.
One of the biggest challenges she faces in her daily work is the local elections, and getting voters to understand the process, specifically the absentee ballot procedures. “Sometimes I have to remind them about making political comments at the counter, and to avoid talking about candidates during the voting,” she said. “But the public is always so nice to deal with, and really the favorite part of my job.”
Peggy and her husband Brian, a serviceman for the Water Utility in Cudahy, have a daughter, Jessica, a cardiac nurse practitioner. They also have a year-round home on the Peshtigo River, where they spend their vacation days fishing, cutting wood, and enjoying the Northwoods. Peggy is an avid photographer, who loves to take pictures of wildlife around their vacation home. Next time you’re in City Hall, stop and say Hi!« Return to Meet Our Staff