Appointment puts former town chairman back on board

Ozaukee Press Staff

In his first act as the new Fredonia town chairman, Lance Leider cut short former chairman Rich Mueller’s “retirement” from public life and appointed him to fill out the rest of Leider’s term as supervisor.

“Nobody has as much experience as him,” Leider said of Mueller, who served 20 years as chairman and 36 years on the Town Board.

“Let whoever wants to replace him run for election” in April 2020.

Leider, a 17-year veteran of the Town Board, was elected chairman in the recent spring election while supervisors Chris Janik and Mark Schubert ran unopposed and were re-elected.

Meanwhile, in the Northern Ozaukee School District, Leslie Lippe was the top write-in candidate for the Town of Fredonia seat vacated by outgoing board member Scott Szczerbinski. Lippe garnered 16 write-in votes out of 95.

As is the custom, Lippe was offered a seat on the board, but she turned down the offer, Supt. Dave Karrels said.

The School Board will consider whether to fill the seat at its May meeting, Karrels said, adding that the board could decide to interview applicants for the position and appoint someone or leave the seat vacant until next year’s April election.

Last year, longtime board member Tim Burmesch lost his at-large seat to Suzanne Miller but was elected to the Village of Fredonia seat based on the number of write-in votes he received.

Dan Large, representing the Town of Belgium, and Rick Hamm, representing the Town of Saukville,  were re-elected and sworn in to office this week.

In the Village of Fredonia, Village Board members elected this month — Village President Don Dohrwardt, re-elected trustees John Long and Bill McLarty and newcomer Dan Gehrke — will be sworn in at the Thursday, April 18, board meeting.

Gehrke replaces TJ Meyers-Jansky, who opted to not run for re-election.



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