The Town Chair position has become vacant again this time due to Bob Sworski resigning from the position. With Bob’s permission we have included his resignation letter to help answer any questions residents/businesses may have at this time. We appreciate Bob’s service to the Town of Wheaton having served on the Plan Commission and Town Board.
What happens with the open Town of Wheaton Board Town Chair position?
First, on August 16, 2023 during Town Board Special Meeting the town board created Town Vice Chair (1 of the Town Supervisors) via Resolution 2023-02 in order to keep town operations running if there was a Town Chair vacancy.
Second, after Bob Sworski was appointed to the Town Chair position the Vice Town Chair position was filled with Alice Droske. Alice will be handling Town Chair responsibilities during the Town Chair vacancy period.
Lastly, we will be filling the position of Town Chair previously held by Bob per State Statute 17.25:
17.25 Vacancies in town offices; how filled. Vacancies in town offices shall be filled as follows:
(1)(a) In the town board, by the remaining supervisors and the town clerk, except when a special election is authorized under subd. 2, and par. (d) or as provided in s.9.10….
(1)(b) Vacancies in other elective town offices shall be filled by appointment by the town board, except as provided in ss. 8.50 (4) (fm) and 9.10, and except for vacancies caused by removal by the judge of the circuit court which latter vacancy shall be filled by that judge.
(1)(c) Persons appointed under this subsection to fill vacancies shall hold office for the residue of the unexpired term or, if a special election is ordered to fill a vacancy, until the successor is elected and qualified.
Section 9.10 applies to recalled officers and is not applicable. Subdivision 2 applies to multiple vacancies and (1)(d) references a special election to fill the office of supervisor with specific timeframes and at the discretion of the board. Neither of these provisions will apply.
Therefore, an elector of the Town of Wheaton, which can include an existing Town Supervisor, will be appointed and take the oath of office and the seat at a future Town Board meeting. The person appointed to fill this vacancy shall hold office for the remaining of the unexpired term through April 2025.
Interested in the position?
Any town elector may apply for this appointment.
How to apply for the position?
Instructions will be provided at a later date once town board has met and established a timeline for filling the Town Chair vacancy.