Appointments & Vacancies

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245R. Reviews statutory procedures governing resignations from public office and the filling of vacancies in municipal offices. 9/30/03.

249. In the absence of a contract or understanding providing otherwise, where an ordinance provides for an appointed village officer to serve a five-year term, "subject to review for reappointment," the officer's term does not automatically renew after 5 years when the village board takes no action to reappoint. However, the appointed officer continues to serve until his or her successor is appointed and qualifies, pursuant to sec. 61.23(1), Stats. Tenure statutes are strictly construed and where the legal provision prescribing the term of an officer is uncertain, an interpretation will be adopted that limits the term to the shortest time. See 3 McQuillin, The Law of Municipal Corporations, sec. 12.108. 12/22/98.