Clerk Ulrich retires after four decades with Finney County

Finney County Commissioner and Department Photo Session.
By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series recognizing Finney County employees who retired in 2017.

Elsa Ulrich has worked in the Finney County Clerk’s office for 41 years, including 12 years as county clerk from 2005-2017. She stepped down as clerk in 2017 but her last official day in the office will be Jan. 12.

Ulrich started working in the clerk’s office right after high school.

“I didn’t think I’d be here this long, really,” she said. “I had a good boss — Carol Brown. I needed a job, I needed to work. It was fun. I liked the people that I worked with.”

She has seen lots of changes over four decades, especially technology.

“It’s easier but it’s still the data entry. Election laws have changed quite a bit,” Ulrich said, adding that she enjoyed the people and the different challenges the job brought.

Ulrich and her husband, Roger, plan to move to Wichita though, she said, there are lots of things she has to do around her house to prepare first. said

“I’ve always lived here. It will always be home to me, but it’s not like it was when we were growing up,” she said.

Spending her entire career in public service had her ups and downs but Ulrich enjoyed it.

“If you like change, if you like the challenge. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that slowing down has appeal to me. I’m just ready to try something else,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot. I had a good boss, and I learned a lot from all the previous commissioners and elected officials.”