Boone County resident Crystal Schuetz was honored at last month’s annual Indiana Election Administrator’s Conference in Indianapolis as the Election Employee of the Year. She was selected for the award by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
Schuetz, a Lebanon resident, has worked in the Boone County Clerk’s office as the election deputy since 2015.
“I prepare every election with projects that go with (the) elections,” Schuetz said. “I prepare the bags which go out to each voting center or voting location and make sure all the proper paperwork is in every bag.”
Schuetz also handles voter registration throughout the year and helped create a system to streamline the process.
“Currently, we are in the process of moving the voter registration,” Schuetz said.
Voter registration documents, currently organized by precincts, will be organized by the date the voter registered.
“They’re all alphabetized now and it’s just a little bit easier to find and locate the voter registration,” Schuetz said.
Schuetz was pleasantly surprised and humbled to win the award.
“I feel I’m blessed because not everybody can go to work every day and say they love the people they work with and love what they do,” Schuetz said. “From the time that I started, everybody in the office has made me feel so welcome and at home.”
Schuetz was nominated by her supervisor, Boone County Clerk Jessica Fouts.
“My boss put so much faith in me and I wanted to recognize her,” Schuetz said. “I feel like she should have the award. I can’t do what I do without her backing me up all the time.”