Interim 2nd District Alderman to Seek Election in Spring
Dubinski is first to take out nomination papers in hopes of completing balance of term.
John Dubinski likes the role of serving the city of Wauwatosa, this time as a second district alderman rather than as an officer of the law.
Dubinski, a city police officer and detective for 31 years before retiring in 2010, was appointed alderman in June, after former alderman Eric Meaux resigned shortly after being elected to a four-year term in April. Dubinski’s appointment was for one year, with the remaining three years of the term to completed by a candidate elected in the spring 2013 election.
Candidate packets for those interested in seeking election to the seat became available Tuesday. By Thursday, Dubinski had his packet in hand.
“It’s a unique challenge and honor to be a part of that process … to help somebody or a group of people to try to resolve a problem,” Dubinski said. “I’m enjoying it to the point where I would be really disappointed if I didn’t get elected.”
As a former city police officer, Dubinski said he is enjoying working for the city “in a much more friendly and relaxing environment.”
And, just as when he was a police officer, Dubinski said, “when someone is in distress” about an issue or a problem in the second aldermanic district or the city, “they can call me."
“Fortunately, it’s not life and death issues," Dubinski said. "Now, it’s an issue of convenience or inconvenience, but it’s still important.”
Second district residents interested in serving as alderman may pick up a candidate packet from the city clerk's office at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave. Candidates may begin gathering nomination signatures Dec. 1, and the completed papers must be submitted to the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Jan. 5, said City Clerk Carla Ledesma. She said council members are paid $350 a month.
In addition to serving on the Common Council and the council's committee of the whole, Dubinski serves on two council committees: Budget and Finance, and Legislation, Licensing and Communications.
“It’s a good part-time job with full-time demands and challenges,” Dubinski said. “It’s nice to be able to be involved in the process to shape the future of the city and keep it moving forward in a positive way.”