News: Neillsville- Elected
Officials Honored (Apr – 2020)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Glassbrenner, Quicker, Flynn, Wachsmuth, Roehl, Mabie, Murphy, Poeschel
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 4/22/2020
City Honors City Government Service (Glassbrenner/Quicker – 2020)
By Ryan Spoehr
At their last common council meeting as elected officials, Neillsville Mayor Chuck Glassbrenner and council president Jerry Quicker were presented with plaques and honored for their service to the community.
Glassbrenner had announced months ago that he would not run for re-election as mayor. He just spent his first term in the position after serving on the council prior to that. Quicker spent approximately a year-and-a-half as council president and has served on the council for Ward 3 for 10 years.
Glassbrenner had been as elected official for 17 years. Quicker presented Glassbrenner with his plaque and offered Glassbrenner congratulations.
Chuck Glassbrenner (above) and Jerry Quicker (below) were given plaques of recognition for their years of service to the Neillsville Common Council, and in the case of Glassbrenner, service time as the city’s mayor. Ryan Spoehr/Clark County Press photos
After receiving the plaque, Glassbrenner showed appreciation for everyone he worked with in his time on the council and his tenure as mayor, including members of the police department. Glassbrenner also showed specific appreciation to public works superintendent Dave Flynn.
“You and your crew always have helped all the people that were on the committees, and that’s how we get things done – our committees and our commissions,” Glassbrenner said. “[City attorney] Bonnie [Wachsmuth] – all of the work you do and asking, ‘Can I do this?’ and ‘Can I do that?’”
He also showed appreciation to the city clerk’s office. “Anytime I’d ever walk in there, they would help me out with whatever I needed,” Glassbrenner said.
In referring to clerk Rex Roehl, Glassbrenner said, “There is nobody on this council or the mayor who could get anything done without Rex. Rex is your right-hand man, or your left-hand man, whichever you’s like to call him.”
Glassbrenner also extended appreciation to the common council, which he served on for 15 years. He was a member of the council from April 2003 to August 2018. Of that time, he was the council president from April 2012 to August 2018.
Chuck Glassbrenner give farewell words of appreciation to the common council and other city officials April 14, the night of his last council meeting as a mayor. After a year-and-a-half as mayor and the preceding 15 years on the council, Glassbrenner chose not to run for re-election.
“Over the years, every one of these chairs has changed. None of you are in the same place. I appreciated the time I was [the alderperson] in the first ward. I appreciate the time I spent over in this chair,” Glassbrenner said. “One other thing – you are the boss. The guy that sits in this chair or whomever, is your guide when it comes to meetings. You make the laws. You are the ones that keep the city running. Just remember that.”
Glassbrenner presented Quicker with his plaque. On the plaque to Quicker, it states the recognition is for “dedicated service.”
Quicker was the council president from August 2018 to this month. He showed appreciation for the recognition but did not comment further.
Glassbrenner became mayor after then-mayor Steve Mabie stepped down from the position in 2018. At that time, he was council president. Quicker took his place as council president.
Diane Murphy, a former mayor of Neillsville, will take over the mayoral seat after winning the April 7 election against Dewey Poeschel.
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