Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 18:26
Post vacated by resignation of Barb Jobs expected to be filled at June 17 Town Board meeting
The void at the top of town government will soon be filled.
Town of Saukville officials are expected to select a new town chairman at the June 17 Town Board meeting.
The choice will be made by town supervisors Curt Rutkowski and Kate Smallish and Town Clerk Susan Churchill.
The town set a Friday, May 30, deadline for applications for the chairman’s position, which became vacant when Barb Jobs stepped down to devote more time to caring for her ailing husband.
Applying to fill the one year remaining on Jobs’ term were town residents Ron Dickson, 3480 Hwy. O, and Don Hamm, 4576 Blueberry Rd.
Uncertain how to proceed with selecting a chairman, town officials turned to Town Attorney John DeStefanis for direction.
DeStefanis noted that the state statutes make a distinction for filling a chairman’s position on a three-member town board, like they have in the Town of Saukville.
According to statutes, the town does not have the option of holding a special election to fill the vacancy.
Churchill said the selection of chairman will be made during open session of the Town Board. Although closed-session deliberations can be held to consider the candidates, no such review away from the public is expected to be part of the selection process.
“After receiving applications, we technically don’t even have to hold interviews,” Smallish said.
Even before the board is brought back to full strength, an administrative assistant authorized at the last meeting — which was conducted with just two board members — will be on the job.
Owen Madson, husband of the town clerk, has been hired for the temporary assistant position.
Madson is the town’s chief elections inspector. He is retired after working for 31 years in administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He was brought in to help clear up decades of neglected paperwork.
The town offices will be closed next week, as Madson and Churchill work on bringing order to the files. The offices are expected to reopen on May 16.
Messages may be left on the town phone system at 675-9217.