Her job is still finger-lickin’ good after 30 years, a longtime employee at KFC in Oneonta said Monday.
Josey Krause, a Worcester resident, started in 1983 at the Oneonta KFC, which is owned by Robwat Management of Utica. She started behind the counter Dec. 11 1983, after graduating from Jefferson Central School. Since 1999, she has worked as the operations manager for the company, which has four upstate KFC stores, with others in Amsterdam, Johnstown and Oswego.
“I just enjoy what I am doing,” she said when asked what has kept her there for so long. Besides her love of working with people, she said, “in a business like this, you learn something new every day.” Having increased responsibility has also kept her there, she said.
She became the store manager in 1985, and was appointed to her current position when her predecessor, Rick Manser, died in 1999.
Krause was taken to dinner by two generations of the Rosenblum family, which owns the business, father Alan and son Alex, to celebrate her employment milestone. Office manager Linda Fusco also came to the dinner at Bella Michael’s Restaurant in Oneonta on the date of the anniversary.
“Having someone of her ability is huge for us,” Fusco said. She brings “great stability” to the position, she said, and her knowledge and expertise make her a “huge asset.”
Fusco said she didn’t know of any employee who had been with the company as long.
“She has an incredible amount of knowledge we can’t duplicate,” she said.
At the dinner, Krause showed a package of clippings and other memorabilia she recently received that Manser had collected of his time with the company.
While there weren’t any surprises, such things as an ad from 1994 about the buffet the store had, brought back a lot of memories, “Krause said. “It was very emotional.”
Back in those days, the store was known as Kentucky Fried Chicken. In 1991, the name was shortened to KFC, and the restaurant has brought on such items as grilled chicken to meet consumer demand.
That has also kept the job interesting, Krause said.
“I’ve seen many products come and go,” she said, adding that she eats from the menu every day, but her favorite is still the Original Recipe.