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Schroeder assumes Human Resource position

Carmen Schroeder has been named to head up a new position to the City of West Fargo - Human Resource Director - officially beginning Sept. 12.

The duties had previously fallen under the city finance director portfolio, but with the retirement of Sharon Schacher Sept. 30, and the fact the city work force has grown to exceed the 100 mark, city commissioners felt the timing was right to establish the separate position.

Schroeder is a longtime West Fargo resident, calling the community home since 1983. Originally from Erie, N.D., she graduated from Dakota High School in Arthur and went onto attend Aakers Business College, Fargo, graduating in 2001 with an Associates Degree in Business Management in 2001.

She was employed by DMI Industries in West Fargo from 1991 to 2003; served as staff coordinator for US Bank from 2003 to 2008; and most recently as a Human Resources Business Partner at Noridian.

Schroeder said she has always been a people person and that characteristic prompted her to apply for the Human Resource position. "I have always been interested in working with people and when I saw the West Fargo opening it looked very exciting to me."

In her role, she will be directly responsible for all employee relation issues as well as doing payroll and any other areas related. She said so far that "city government has been a learning experience" and the working together of the different city offices "very impressive. It is very exciting being able to be here as a support person for the city and its employees. I have always been the type of person who wants to help and make a difference and I feel I can do that in this position."

She added that city staff has been most welcoming in the process, making her feel right at home. "Everybody is definitely very friendly and offering any assistance I need. I am really impressed with everybody's willingness to accept this position. We went to visit all the city offices so I could meet everyone and they got to put a face with a name. I am looking forward to working with all the employees. I want everyone to feel comfortable with me and know that there is someone in this position that cares about them and the city."

Living in West Fargo for almost three decades, Schroeder said her family thoroughly enjoys the community and school system. Husband, Roger, is a longtime employee of Sysco Foods in Fargo. They have two sons, Brady, a senior at West Fargo High School, and Jonny, who is in his final year in construction management at Minnesota State Community Technical College in Moorhead. "The community is second to none," Schroeder added. "We really like the small town feel of and the friendliness and openness of West Fargo residents."

In time away from work, Schroeder enjoys music which includes singing at weddings and funerals. She said she was fortunate enough to be a part of the America's Youth in Concert program just after graduating from high school, traveling to Europe for a month visiting Rome, Venice, and London, as well as points in France, and Switzerland, remembering the experience as being "absolutely spectacular."

She and husband Roger, a U.S. Army and National Guard veteran, also enjoy their special, longtime association with the Erie American Legion, of which Roger's and Carmen's dads are members. Carmen has had the privilege of singing at their Memorial Day program and the pair annually assists with the meal served afterwards. "It is a small group, but they have a wonderful program and we are so happy to be associated with it each year," Carmen added proudly.