Heather Kierzek will replace Michael Zolper on the Baraboo Common Council.
The council voted 8-0 Tuesday to have Kierzek finish Zolper’s term. He’s moving out of District 8, which covers the northeastern portion of the city, from Crawford Street east to Highway T, including SSM St. Clare Hospital.
A Baraboo native, Kierzek formerly coordinated Columbia County’s drug treatment court. She now works for the Department of Justice, providing assistance to treatment courts.
Kierzek said she loves her hometown and wants it to continue to thrive. “I just think Baraboo’s a great place to be,” she said Tuesday in introducing herself to the council. “It’s a great place to raise a family.”
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She will serve at least until April 2020. The seat will then go up for election, with the winner serving until April 2021, completing the three-year term Zolper was elected to fulfill last year. Council seats are up for election every three years on a rotating basis.
Mayor Mike Palm said he chose Kierzek from a pool of five “very qualified applicants” seeking to succeed Zolper. “Heather presented very well to me, and I think that she brings some things to the council that will definitely be a benefit to all of us,” Palm said.
A local chiropractor, Zolper was appointed to the council in May 2016, succeeding the retiring Eugene Robkin. Zolper was re-elected the next spring and won a full term last year.
“It’s been a pleasure to serve with you guys,” he said.