Beaver Dam Aldermanic Vacancy Remains After Monday Vote Deemed Illegal

(Beaver Dam) The vote to seat a new alderperson in Beaver Dam on Monday was not legal. John “Frank” Ferree was sworn-in to represent Ward Three following the resignation of Alderman Jon Abfall, who cited health concerns in his September 30th decision to step down.

The council considered three potential candidates. The anonymous vote was five in favor of Ferree, four in favor of Michael Culver and two for Doug Garczynski.

State statute, however, requires an appointed official to win by majority vote. With that vacancy and two other absences, the 14-person council on Monday was down to eleven elected officials, not counting the mayor who can only cast a tie-breaking vote.

City Attorney Maryann Schacht on Thursday notified all three potential candidates that were considered. All residents in Ward Three can apply.  The city will accept letter of interest and declarations of candidacy through 4pm on Thursday, December 2. The city council will then vote to fill the vacancy at their regular meeting on Monday, December 6.

Ward Three is bordered on the west by the lake, on the north by Oneida and Maple, on the east by Mary and Center and on the south by Chatham and Cooper streets.