Two Ashwaubenon village trustees resigning
By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – A month after appointing a new trustee, the village board will be going through the same process to once again have seven members with two trustees resigning, effective Oct. 1.
Board members agreed Tuesday, Sept. 22, to accept applications/resumes through Oct. 21 to fill the posted vacancies resulting from the resignations of trustees Michael Malcheski, who represents Wards 11 and 12, and Mark Williams, who represents Wards 7 and 8.
Both trustees, whose three-year terms expire next April, said they are resigning because they are moving out of their districts.
At the Oct. 27 meeting, the board may interview all qualified candidates who apply for the vacant trustee positions and subsequently select two candidates for appointment.
At its Aug. 25 meeting, the board approved the appointment of Steve Kubacki as the trustee in Wards 9 and 10, for which the current term in office also expires next April.
Kubacki replaced Ken Bukowski, who resigned in July.
In anticipation of Village Clerk-Treasurer Patrick Moynihan Jr. resigning in early January, the board approved a revised job description and authorized beginning the hiring process for a new village clerk, who will be appointed instead of elected.
Moynihan, who was re-elected in April 2019 to a new three-year term, is running this fall for Brown County clerk with no opposition on the ballot.
The board amended the village’s charter ordinance at its July 28 meeting by striking language related to the clerk-treasurer being an elected position and added wording to separate the clerk and treasurer as two appointed positions.
Like most of the other officials and department directors appointed by the village president, the clerk and treasurer will serve at-will for an indefinite period of time, according the amended charter ordinance.
In the April 7 general election, a two-to-one margin of village voters approved an advisory referendum which stated, “Should the Village of Ashwaubenon charter ordinance be amended to provide for an appointed (instead of an elected) clerk-treasurer in order to allow the treasurer duties to be absorbed by current staff and ensure the most qualified candidate for the clerk position due to the training and expertise necessary to run elections and other essential administrative functions?”
Village Attorney Tony Wachewicz said the recruitment process for a new clerk is starting now to be able to make an appointment at the board’s December meeting so the person selected would have some time to spend with Moynihan to job-shadow, etc.
In discussions leading up to the advisory referendum, village officials stated the treasurer duties would be handled by the finance director, who has acted as a deputy treasurer with an elected clerk-treasurer.