Michael Zolper is moving, prompting him to resign from the Baraboo Common Council and the mayor to seek applications from residents of his district who might be interested in the job.
During Tuesday’s council meeting, Palm announced Zolper would continue to represent District 8 through February. Meanwhile, the mayor will solicit letters of interest from prospective successors, conduct interviews with top candidates and recommend one to the council.
This is the same procedure the mayor has followed when filling other recent council vacancies.
“I think that made sense the last time,” said council member Tom Kolb.
Zolper said he plans to move out of the district this spring. District 8 covers the northeastern portion of the city, from Crawford Street east to Highway T, including SSM St. Clare Hospital.
“I’ve really enjoyed my experience,” Zolper said in an interview this week, noting he was impressed with department heads’ work. “I think the city is great.”
Palm appointed Zolper, a chiropractor, to the council in May 2016. Zolper was among the applicants to succeed longtime council member Eugene Robkin.
Zolper won election the next spring, earning the right to serve out the remainder of Robkin’s term. Zolper won re-election without opposition last year.
His term is set to expire in 2021. Whoever is appointed to fill his seat will serve until next spring’s election and, if voted into office, would complete Zolper’s term. Council seats go up for election every three years on a rotating basis. An application form is available on the city website.
Council President Joel Petty praised Zolper’s city work. “He’s an exemplary alderperson,” Petty said.