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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:21

Incumbent supervisors not interested in taking on board leadership

Nearly a month after Saukville Town Chairman Barb Jobs resigned, town officials are still trying to find someone to fill the vacancy.

Originally, it was presumed one of the two incumbent town supervisors would assume the position.

However, neither Supr. Kate Smallish nor Supr. Curt Rutkowski wants to take on the added responsibility of being chairman.

Instead, town officials have decided to advertise the chairman’s office. Applications will be accepted through May 30.

The chairman is paid $7,000 a year plus per diem for meetings attended.

Town Clerk M. Susan Churchill said applicants would probably be interviewed during a special meeting of the Town Board, with the new chairman to be introduced at the June board meeting.

According to state statute, the selection will be made by a vote of the supervisors and clerk.

Since Jobs’ resignation, Smallish has served as acting-chairman of the Plan Commission.

“None of us knew she was going to quit. It came as a surprise,” she said.

Although she was willing to pitch in when the sudden vacancy occurred, Smallish said she has no desire to be chairman.

“When you turn 81, you’ll know why I am not interested in taking on the added work of that position,” she said.

“I’ve been serving since 1995, but at this point I feel I can best serve as a town supervisor.”

Rutkowski, who is the town liaison on road maintenance and monitors the town’s website, told Smallish he also is not interested in becoming chairman.

Smallish said the town attorney told officials they could simply appoint an interim chairman, but officials felt opening the position to any interested resident would be more fair.

“If you simply appoint someone, you open yourself to criticism of being a ‘Good Old Boys’ club,” Smallish said.

Even after receiving applications, she said, town officials have the option of not making an appointment if they are not satisfied with the choices.

“The attorney told us we can always keep operating with just two supervisors until the spring election,” Smallish said. “Either way, we’ll be fine.”

Jobs resigned after five years as chairman to spend more time caring for her ailing husband.


 
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