October 21, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Following a closed session during Monday’s West Bend Common Council meeting Mayor Kraig Sadownikow shocked administration and elected officials announcing he was resigning his seat effective immediately.
Sadownikow was first elected in April 2011. He was reelected in 2014 and again in 2017. His seat is up for reelection in April 2020.
Sadownikow said in a statement:
“I will be resigning as Mayor at the end of the Council meeting tonight. As you may know, I have been working hard to recruit a Marriott TownePlace and Office Building to the former Gehl HQ property.
The developers represent organizations I have worked with for more than 15 years on about a dozen hotels in multiple states along with also owning and operating office buildings together.
“I sought legal advice from the City Attorney as well as personally engaging two local law firms to give me their opinions on how to remain Mayor and have an active and personal role in the development.
None of the legal opinions are crystal clear and none of the advice sits well with me, except the option of resigning as Mayor so I am not involved with the upcoming City approval process. I am having to choose between my business life and my service life. In this case, the two scenarios cannot proceed together, and I won’t risk the good reputation of either by operating with any ambiguity.”
Sadownikow is president of American Companies in West Bend.
Wow. Sadownikow has been an excellent mayor who has done much for the City of West Bend. His leadership will be missed. I understand the reasoning behind his resignation. While I firmly believe that no corruption took place, Sadownikow’s decision to remove even the possibility of the appearance of corruption protects both himself and the city’s reputation.
Thank you for your service, Mayor Sadownikow.
Now it is time for someone else to step up.