On September 21, 2018, Ellis County Treasurer, Lisa Schlegel hosted the North Central Kansas Treasurer and Register of Deeds Conference (NCKCTA). 21 different counties, their Treasurer’s, Motor Vehicle Supervisors and Registers of Deeds attended the conference. The day’s activities included two guest speakers, water conservationist Steven Walters and FHSU professor Brooke Mann. Motor Vehicle operations and Registers of Deeds office operations were discussed during a series of sessions, that also included a tour of the hosting facility, Sternberg Museum. This was not only Ellis County’s first time ever to host the annual conference, but it was also Lisa Schlegel’s first conference hosting event. The honor of hosting rotates between 105 Kansas Counties, so it will be awhile before Ellis hosts again.

“It was not only a good time for counties to get together and discuss pertinent issues, but it was a fun learning experience listening to our featured speakers,” Schlegel said of the day’s events. These are great conferences as they give Treasurers and Motor Vehicle Supervisors the chance to gather more information and share amongst each other. It is a chance to see other counties in the district as they showcase their town. Topics that officials wouldn’t normally ask at larger conferences helped each group learn how other county officials handle similar situations we all face.

Schlegel is also a member of NACCTFO, (National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers, and Finance Officers) and attended that national conference in July 2018 in Nashville where she completed coursework in public policy and administration. Dan Sise, the Public Policy Administration program director said: “Schlegel’s participation in these sessions demonstrates her commitment to carefully manage scarce county resources.”

“In addition to the excellent learning experience of hearing from other Treasurers nationwide, there is a lot to setting up and preparation for a conference of this kind, and to host the NCKCTA Conference here in Ellis County as a new Treasurer, I observed, helped, and heard about the experiences it took for other Kansas Treasurers to put together the presentations they orchestrated for the Nashville conference,” Schlegel said.