PREAMBLE: Now that the most competitive Mequon mayoral election in 21 years is over, it is useful to review Mequon’s form of city government. This Blog is in two parts. Part I is based on my research of applicable statutes as to how Mequon's municipal government operates. It is factual to the best of my ability. Part II represents my opinion as to how the governing process can be improved based on my eleven (11) years holding elective offices -- three (3) years as a Mequon alderperson and eight (8) years as a Ozaukee County supervisor with terms as President of the Mequon Common Council and Vice Chair of the Ozaukee County Board.
PART I - FACTS: During the election campaign lots of comments both written and oral indicated that voters did not completely understand the roll of Mequon elected officials within the Statutes that established and operate our municipality. Mequon is governed under Chapter 62 of the Wisconsin State Statutes and certain Mequon ordinances. Mequon is officially classified as a 4th class city based on population althoughits current population would permit it to move to a 3rd class city if Mequon’s Common Council submitted the proper request to the State.