Looking back - Memories of CRA
Mary Herman, Director of Finance and Administration, Marquette County Road Commission
I have been employed by the Marquette County Road Commission since 1997, hired as the payroll/cost accountant, and promoted to my current position as director of finance & administration. I also serve as clerk to the Marquette County Road Commission Board. I have been a member of the County Road Association Finance & Human Resource Committee since 2005, serving as chairman from 2009 to 2011. I also currently serve as chair of the CRA Canvassing Committee.
Since 1997, I have served as chair, vice-chair, secretary-treasurer, and member of the UP Road Commission Finance & Human Resource Association and an active member in the UP Road Builders’ Association and the Great Lakes Council. In 2009, I was appointed, and then later elected, to the CRASIF Board of Trustees, and currently serve as the CRASIF vice-chair.
I was exposed to road-related work early in my career, gaining experience while working for two different consulting engineering firms in the Upper Peninsula and one in the Lower Peninsula, all of whom were involved in public agency work.
I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to serve the County Road Association, and the many friends I’ve made along the way. As I travel across the state, I often find myself remembering who my colleagues are in each of the various counties. It’s comforting to know you’re just a phone call away from friends in the local County Road Commission should you need help or suggestions and recommendations while in their county! The Association has created an environment that provides networking opportunities which it easy for people to connect with others in order to build a comradery amongst peers.