Common council vacancy filled
Alan Kjelland will fill the remaining term of the late Jim Boyer on the Waupaca Common Council.
The Common Council voted Tuesday, Jan. 15, to appoint Kjelland to represent the city’s Aldermanic District 5.
Boyer, who was re-elected to the seat last April, passed away in December.
Kjelland will fill Boyer’s term, which expires in April 2014.
Kjelland and his wife Sharon moved to Waupaca about 2 1/2 years ago, after living in Sun Prairie for 34 years.
He said a big reason for their move here was the fact they have three young grandsons in the community.
In his letter to Mayor Brian Smith, in which he stated his interest in filling Boyer’s term, Kjelland wrote, “Frankly, it is time that I serve this community that I love so much.”
Retired since 2005, Kjelland worked at Alliant Energy in Madison for 28 years in a variety of positions, including consumer services, sales, business development and environmental.
He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in business administration from UW-Whitewater.
Kjelland served in the U.S. Army for four years and last year, helped start the Mobility 4 Vets Wheelchair Shop here.
He was one of two people, who were interested in filling Boyer’s term on the council.
The other was Steven Cuellar, who originally moved to Waupaca with his wife Pat in 1975.
He taught English and social studies at Waupaca Middle School for 12 years before making a career change and moving to Milwaukee.
The Cuellars kept a home in Waupaca and returned to the community permanently in 2006.
Active with the Friends of Mirror and Shadow Lakes, he and his wife enjoy the outdoors and traveling.
Cuellar participated in the council meeting via Skype, as he and Pat are spending the month in a warmer climate.
The council’s vote on the appointment was by secret, paper ballot.
Kjelland received six votes, and Cueller received two.
One member of the council – Ald. Scott Purchatzke – was absent.
Former Ald. William Parker also expressed interest in filling Boyer’s term.
However, he withdrew his name for consideration before the Jan. 15 meeting.