WAUKESHA VILLAGE – Village president Michael Doerr, who was elected last April, tendered his resignation to the village clerk on Thursday.
Doerr moved to the village of Waukesha, formerly the town, 21 years ago. He served 10 years in the Waukesha Village Fire Department, seven years on the town / village council and approximately six months as village chairman.
In April, Doerr defeated longtime Waukesha Town Supervisor and Village President Brian Fischer to become the next village president. Doerr got 55.3% of the vote.
It was the second election in a row in which Doerr and Fischer fought for the seat, also fighting for city president in 2019, just a year before the village was incorporated, with Fischer edging Doerr by 4 points. percentage.
True to the spirit of the election in the town-turned-village, the two candidates took this year’s rematch seriously, each spending a lot of time and money on signage, social media posts and documentation. campaign, largely focused on their respective opponents.
Doerr told The Freeman he originally planned to stay in the village for a few years, but due to changes with his long-time employer, he decided to take early retirement and move to Florida with his wife.
“A lot has happened for me and my family in 2021,” he said. “I would have preferred to find a similar position in this field and stay in the village for another 10 or 15 years, but it is not the way it turned out.
“The most important thing that happened during my tenure on the board and as president was that the city became a village,” he said. “The reason is that it has passed (towards) a model where the village is now able to control its borders and determine its own destiny in the future. “
Doerr said before leaving that he would also help prepare the village budget, working out the details.
The budget includes a plan to meet the facility needs that the village has faced for a number of years, Doerr said. In the capital improvement plan proposed by the village, there are new dormitories for the fire department, a path to replace several pieces of fire equipment over the next five years and a building for the ministry. of Public Works, he said.
“I’m disappointed that I was not able to fulfill my term – frankly, when I ran for office, my intention was obviously to serve the two-year term and hopefully be re-elected twice more to put the village on a clear path. .. unfortunately he didn’t work, ”he said.
Doerr said he appreciates the community’s support over the past few years.
Doerr will remain on the board until December 1.
Village attorney John Macy said the village council is expected to approve the resignation and consider how to fill the seat at the October 14 meeting.
According to Wisconsin State Law 17.24: Vacant Positions in Village Offices – a vacant position in an elective village office can be filled by majority appointment of village council members for the remainder of the unexpired term or until a special election is held; or a post may remain vacant until an election is held.