Proefrock says goodbye to the Village Board

Trustee will step down because of move to town

Dean Proefrock
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Trustee Dean Proefrock announced Monday that he is resigning from the Grafton Village Board after serving for five years.

“I know the village is in good hands,” he said. “We have dedicated individuals who might not always see eye-to-eye, but that is a good thing in village government.

“Good and respectful disagreement is good for any board.”

Proefrock said his resignation will be effective Friday, Sept. 21, because he will be moving to the Town of Grafton at the end of the month.

“I want to thank Dean for his service over the years,” Village President Jim Brunnquell said. “He has been very insightful at the committee and board levels, and I want to wish him the best of luck.”

Proefrock was appointed to the board in December 2013 and then elected twice. Through the years, he served on the village’s public safety and public works committees, and its library and arts boards.

Proefrock said he decided to join the board when the Grafton Fire Department hired its first full-time chief, Bill Rice, because Proefrock was a volunteer with the department for 23 years.

Village Administrator Jesse Thyes said an appointment process will be used to fill the vacancy “due to the feasibility of timing and cost concerns associated with holding a special election.”

The village has posted the trustee application on its website and social media pages.

The application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 11, and the board will interview candidates at its Monday, Oct. 15, meeting.

Proefrock’s term will expire in April.

Nomination papers for the April election are due in December.

Proefrock said he isn’t planning on pursuing public office in the town but is open to helping on a committee level.

“I will definitely miss being on the Village Board, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished over the years,” he said.

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