Officers FAQ 9
An appointed city officer may be removed in any of the following manners:
- An officer appointed by the common council, by the common council, at pleasure.
- An officer appointed by an officer or body other than the common council (e.g., the mayor), whether or not the appointment was confirmed by the common council, in any of the following manners:
- By the appointing officer or body, at pleasure.
- By the common council, for cause.
A member of the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners may only be removed by the council for cause. Also, police and fire chiefs may only be removed by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners for just cause.
Removals at pleasure are made by order. Wis. Stat. sec. 17.16(1). Removals by the council require a three-fourths vote. Wis. Stat. secs. 17.12(l)(d). Removals of appointed officers for cause are made pursuant to the procedures in section 17.16.
Notwithstanding Wis. Stat. sec. 17.12(1) and (2), a city may by ordinance provide that any appointed city officer may be removed only for inefficiency, neglect of duty, official misconduct, or malfeasance in office.