If a municipal official, such as a
member of the library board or the governing body, is temporarily
unable to perform his or her duties because of an illness, may the
governing body appoint someone to fill the temporary vacancy until the
officer is able to return and perform his or her duties?
Yes. State law provides that if any
municipal officer, other than an alderperson or trustee, “is
incapacitated or absent from any cause,” the governing body may appoint a
person to discharge the officer’s duties until the officer returns or
until the disability is removed. See Wis. Stat. secs. 61.23(1)
(villages) & 62.09(5)(d) (cities). These statutes further provide
that if a trustee or an alderperson is "temporarily incapacitated
because of physical or mental disability," the village board or common
council may appoint a person to discharge the trustee’s or alderperson’s
duties until the disability is removed.