Two on Council call for more gender diversity
By Brandi Makuski
Former Alderman Jerry Moore has been appointed to the city’s Police & Fire Commission.
Moore, who until last year had been the longest-serving alderman on the City Council, has devoted most of his time to his family since losing April’s mayoral race to Mike Wiza. His appointment was approved by a vote of 9-2 Monday.
Seven other applicants besides Moore also sought the position, to include two women. Several of the applicants had previous pubic service experience, to include Hull Fire Chief Mark Kluck, a former Marshfield Police and Fire commissioner, a local radio station manager and School Board Member Sam Levin.
Wiza called it “a difficult choice… there were a lot of qualified applicants”.
While mayoral appointments typically are approved unanimously, this time two on the Council objected to Moore’s appointment because they say there’s a lack of diversity on the Commission.
“I’m a little disappointed that a qualified woman was not put on a panel with no women,” said 7th District Alderwoman Mary Kneebone. “In the spirit of diversity, and facing hiring a new police chief, I’m a little disappointed, but this has nothing to do with Mr. Moore’s qualifications.”
Mary McComb from District 9 also said the lack of diversity left her “very disturbed”.
Wiza said Moore was pinged due to his experience, and the large degree of inexperience on the Commission.
“He has not only quite a bit of experience in municipal government, but quite a bit of experience in our specific municipal government,” Wiza said. “He also has a lot of familiarity with our local police and fire departments, our city employees and municipal ordinances. Ultimately, that was the deciding factor.”
Seats on the Commission expire on a rotating basis. Another opening is expected as early as next year.
Moore replaces David Schleihs, who served as the Commission’s president.