Board accepts resignation, names new town clerk

Eichner brings experience to post that will be vacated by Gorton at end of month

BOB EICHNER, who has significant experience in municipal government, was appointed clerk last week. Photo by Kerry Lynch
By 
KERRY LYNCH
Ozaukee Press Correspondent

The Town of Fredonia has a new clerk.         

On Thursday, May 3, the Town Board accepted Dave Gorton’s resignation, effective June 1, and appointed Bob Eichner clerk.

Gorton, who is resigning for personal reasons, has been town clerk since 2013.  He previously served the village as treasurer from 2007 until he was elected clerk.  His wife Cheryl took on the role of deputy clerk/treasurer shortly after, she will continue to serve in that role.  

Eichner, 59, has extensive experience in municipal government. He was a staff engineer for the City of Wauwatosa before becoming assistant city engineer for the City of Cedarburg. He also served as director of public works for the Town of Cedarburg.

He currently works full time at Walmart in Saukville and is president of Lakeshore Productions Inc., a Random Lake theater company.  

Eichner lives in Fredonia with his wife Kari. He has three adult children and one stepdaughter.

In April, Gorton hired Eichner as deputy clerk. Since then, Eichner has been attending town meetings, taking minutes and performing other duties to become familiar with the clerk’s job.  

Town clerk is currently an elected office, however the Town Board plans to ask voters to change it to an appointed post through a referendum on the November ballot.  

Eichner will serve the remainder of Gorton’s term, which ends in April 2019. He would then have to run for election or be appointed to the office, depending on the outcome of the referendum.

Cheryl Gorton said Eichner’s experience in municipal government made him a logical choice for clerk.

“He comes very qualified,” she said. “It’s been an easy transition.”

Until Gorton’s resignation becomes effective next month, Eichner is being paid $12 per hour. The clerk’s salary is $15,000 per year.

The change brings new town office hours — 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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