Council appoints new alderman
Thomas Witzel to represent District Six
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — In Aug. 23 Marshfield Common Council action, Thomas Witzel was chosen to fill the vacant seat as the Sixth District alderperson.
The vacancy was the result of the resignation of Rich Reinart, which came about last month due to Reinart’s relocation.
The council then had the decision to leave the seat empty until the April 2017 election and operate with a nine-member council or advertise to fill the position.
In a 7-2 vote July 26, the council decided to fill the seat and posted the position for application.
Three Marshfield residents appeared before the council on Aug. 23. After a brief presentation, all three were nominated for the position. Nominees included Richard Abel, Russell Stauber, and Witzel.
In a council election process, the three candidates were narrowed down to two, Stauber and Witzel. The top two vote-getters then moved on to a second vote, and Witzel was declared the leader.
Witzel has lived in Marshfield since the 1970s and is a 25-year resident of District Six. He is also a 20-year member of the police auxiliary.
“I love the community and would like to provide a fresh perspective to the council on some of the things that are coming,” said Witzel.