From the Washington County Insider.
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.
These hyper-ethics attacks get to be ridiculous at times. Good people end up having to sacrifice public service at the alter of ridiculous standards that cannot be held up by any good community leader and achiever. This was one of those times.
West Bend lost in the end result.
Yup, who needs ethics? They are way over valued, and just an impediment to competitive capitalists everywhere. (Yes k, that is sarcasm).
Just curious, are you a victim (or abuser) here, based on your, “ridiculous standards that cannot be held up by any good community leader and achiever”, comment? Be truthful.
The community is victim to losing a good Mayor to idiotic voices, like yourself, who expect part time public servants to sacrifice their regular job.
I call it worshipping at ther alter of stupidity.
Hmm, the mayor explained his decision, yet you blame others. You have serious cognitive issues .
Yet you declined the opportunity to explain your claim and clear your name.
This was not about me. I have no need to “clear my name” unless you are committing false witness against me again….if I ever understood your meandering off-subject prattling.
Here is what you said, “ridiculous standards that cannot be held up by any good community leader and achiever”.
Don’t you consider yourself a good community leader? An achiever? Have you ever come afoul of those “ridiculous standards” ?
I didn’t bear false witness against you, I just asked you to clarify your statement. Seems you have painted yourself in a corner.
I was referring to these hyper-ethics standards that end up being a weapon against good people in public service.
There was no impropriety here, but people of good conscience end up having to choose foregoing public service because of people, like you, who weaponize everything into some sort regulatory/ethics punishment.
It is disgusting, because the community lost a valuable asset as Mayor over essentially nothing.
“Ethics” in politics has become a weaponizing code word to destroy good people, many times by opponents that act dishonestly.
I am not against “ethics”, but against the hyper demand and exercise of ethical craziness to the point where community harm may result…which is a distinct possibility here.
In other words Nord, lighten up. Focus on real issues, like how disgusting intersectiobal liberalism is in practice.
That is hysterical. you telling others to “lighten up”, while at the same time making accusations against folks you don’t know with charges you don’t understand.
I applaud the Mayor for his service, and respect his decision.
What charges? I was merely characterizing the reality of liberalism.
I was also commenting in general, as I did on Newburg thread how “ethics codes” have become weaponized to community detriment.
If the only public officials we have left is unachieving Marxists, like yourself, we are all in trouble.
There you go, a great example: you charge me with being a Marxist, yet have never met me, nor seen me in action. You really can’t help yourself, can you?
Well, he’s all about civility and decency.
So it is indecent to call someone “Marxist” who has a history of advocating heavy regulation and big government.
Where I come from, we call that the “truth”.
No, it is inaccurate. I don’t have a “a history of advocating heavy regulation and big government”, but rather I have a long and storied history of defending truth, freedom, science, education, and the laws of this great nation and state.
Whereas you have a long history of labeling others, hyperbole, intolerance, and dishonesty.
So Trump’s a Marxist because he’s increased government spending?
In that apsect, you could make that claim. Trump is to be criticized on that,for sure. But he is still better than the drunken Democrats. AOC, Obama and the squad are true Marxists, while Trump has Marxist tendancies on spending here and there.
You make me spit out my beeer with that comedy schtick! You are almost as funny Babylon Bee!
Kevin, have you checked the historical record? You think Dems spend more than Republicans?
Oh k, you are so self-deceiving.
And you can spit out all the Bud/Busch/Miller Light/Lite you want. You are no doubt too cheap to buy good beer.
Stop it with satire guys, you are killing me with the laughter.