Kenneth “Kenny” Wilinski bought a Fish Creek hoodie about eight years ago when he visited Door County for the first and only time. But that one time was enough to tell him it’s a place he could call home – “and now here I am,” he said. (He still has the sweatshirt.)
Wilinski was sworn in May 17 as Fish Creek’s new postmaster, but he’s also responsible for Ephraim, which is Fish Creek’s remotely managed post office. He began the position at the end of February – when the May swearing-in ceremony was also scheduled – and if, by May, the placement is working out for everyone, that swearing-in takes place.
It’s definitely working out for Wilinski. He brought to Fish Creek a decade of experience with the U.S. Postal Service. In Green Bay, he was the acting supervisor of 45 city and 25 rural routes. A short stint as the acting postmaster in Lakewood, and he was promoted to the Fish Creek post.
“I wouldn’t take my training back from Green Bay for anything,” he said. “That taught me everything I needed to know.”
What Wilinski also won’t give up is his new location.
“You can’t find this in Green Bay,” he said of Fish Creek and Door County in general. “The people, the area. I want to personally get to know everyone, and it’s easier to do in these small towns. That’s why I really like it – it’s more personal.”