Elected or appointed?

Plan to change selection process for Town of Fredonia clerk, treasurer to be discussed at special meeting July 25
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Whether the Town of Fredonia clerk and treasurer should be changed from elected to appointed positions will be the topic of a special informational meeting next week.

The Town Board passed an ordinance in June to change the clerk and treasurer positions from elected to appointed. 

A referendum will be on the November ballot seeking approval of the ordinance by town electors.

The ballot question asks: “Shall the person holding the office of town clerk and town treasurer in the Town of Fredonia be appointed by the Town Board?”

Under the ordinance, a majority of board can appoint a clerk and treasurer for a term to not exceed three years and reappoint the same person for multiple terms. Removal from office can be for cause.

The salary of the positions will be set by the Town Board. 

Differences between being elected or appointed include: a wider pool of applicants, including those already employed as clerk or treasurer in other municipalities, is available for appointed positions since being elected requires town residency; the Town Board can look at the qualifications of an appointed person while they cannot require training or experience of an elected person; an appointed person can be fired for cause or not have their term renewed when it ends whereas an elected person can be removed only by recall or through an election

The town’s current clerk is Bob Eichner. The current treasurer is Jean Wills​.

According to the Wisconsin Towns Association web site, of 1,255 towns in Wisconsin, there are currently 188 appointed clerks; 122 appointed treasurers; 101 appointed clerk-treasurers and 106 elected clerk-treasurers.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at the Fredonia Government Center,  242 Fredonia Ave. 

Also on the agenda for the meeting will be a presentation and discussion on the need for a new fire truck for the Waubeka Fire Department in 2019.

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