The Waunakee Village Board is taking applications for those interested in replacing Trustee Susan Springman, who resigned from the village board last week.
Following a discussion at their meeting Monday, the board agreed to set a deadline of July 15 to receive applications, then have Trustee Joe Zitzelsberger and Village President Chris Zellner interview applicants and recommend a replacement to fill the remainder of Springman’s term.
Trustee Gary Herzberg remembered when he was appointed in 2004.
“It was up to the village president to make that decision. I was the next vote-getter, but I was also on a couple of committees at the time,” Herzberg said. “I look at it as the village president gets to pick his team.”
Zellner disagreed, saying rather than the president appointing his team, the board should consider who will be the best representative for Waunakee.
In the April election, Springman “had a lot of votes,” Zellner said, adding that the board should try to find someone who is similar to her in their beliefs.
Trustee Bill Ranum noted that Springman was familiar with the commercial and residential development process, and that knowledge will be missing.
Springman’s resignation comes on the heels of last April’s election, when six candidates ran for three open seats. The board declined to appoint the fourth runner-up, Ann Lewandowski, to replace Springman. In a letter to the editor published in this edition of the Tribune, Lewandowski called the board’s decision “not go with the next highest vote getter (me)… a slap for people who voted for me in the spring.”
Trustee Erin Moran said she hoped the board was being inclusive, adding, “and this is encouraging people who did not run for office.”
Zellner will recommend a replacement to fill Springman’s seat at the Aug. 5 meeting. If the board rejects the recommendation, the process will begin again.
Zellner issued a statement after the meeting, saying Springman “shared her time, expertise and passion for Waunakee as a Trustee and will be deeply missed. However, business must go on. The Village Board had a very good discussion this evening to establish a process for filling the Trustee Vacancy. It is my pleasure to welcome those in our community to consider applying for the position.”
Anyone with questions about the application process or the duties of a village trustee is asked to contact Village Administrator Todd Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 850-8500.