The Sauk County Board on Tuesday will consider the appointment of a town of Delton painter to fill a supervisor’s unexpired term.
“I like to contribute back to society,” said Ross P. Curry, who has been selected by Sauk County Board Chairman Peter Vedro of Baraboo. “America has been good to me.”
If confirmed, Curry would replace David Moore in the board’s 12th supervisory district. Moore, a Wisconsin Dells pastor, resigned last month to take a position with a church in Oklahoma.
In addition to his work as a painting contractor, Curry has served on the town of Delton Planning and Zoning Committee and his church board. He also has worked as an election inspector and volunteered for various organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.
Curry said he plans to foster an atmosphere of civility, and already has spoken with supervisors from two competing board factions who have called to speak with him.
“I get along, pretty much, with people on both sides,” Curry said, adding that he knows some board members through his contracting work. “So I’d like to hopefully bring that to it.”
Curry said he has followed some of the prominent county board debates, including the controversy over advisory referendums on state and national issues that were approved for the November election.
“I would like to do only things that we have more control over,” Curry said, adding that he would need to see more information before taking a firm position.
Curry has deep roots in the area. His father, Ross M. Curry, was a local historian and author who worked for the Wisconsin Dells Events newspaper for more than 40 years. His mother, Sylvia Curry, was a school teacher.
Curry was the only applicant for the appointment to fill the remainder of Moore’s term, which is set to expire in April 2020. Board rules state that the chairman’s appointment to fill a vacancy is subject to approval by a majority of supervisors.
Also Tuesday, the board will consider whether to hold a special election in the 12th district. If that is approved, Curry would serve only until April, when voters in the district would have an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choosing to complete the term.
The 12th supervisory district includes Wards 4, 8 and 10 in the city of Wisconsin Dells, Ward 3 in the village of Lake Delton, and Wards 1 and 2 in the town of Delton.
Vedro said if Curry is confirmed Tuesday night, he would be sworn in Wednesday.