CALEDONIA — The Caledonia Village Board Monday selected Trustee Jim Dobbs as the new village president, to take the place of Bob Bradley who stepped down to enjoy “full retirement.”
Dobbs is to complete Bradley’s term, which runs through April 2019.
Dobbs is a retired lieutenant from the Racine Police Department and a small-business owner. He’s served on the Village Board since 2011 and had previously served on the Parks and Recreation, Storm Sewer Utility District and Finance committees. More recently, he served on the Public Works and Personnel committees.
Trustee Kevin Wanggaard and Dobbs were the only members of the board to express interest in taking over for Bradley. The two had made their case why they should be appointed to their board peers during an Oct. 31 meeting.
On Monday, Trustee Ed Willing opened the discussion on appointing a replacement by nominating Wanggaard, who has served on Caledonia’s elected governing body since 2003, when Caledonia was still a town. The motion was voted down 2-4, with Willing and Wanggaard in favor.
Trustee Kathleen Trentadue then nominated Dobbs for the position. When the motion was put to a vote, it passed 4-2, with Willing and Wanggaard voting in opposition.
Farewell to Bradley
Monday’s board meeting opened as a fond farewell to outgoing President Bradley. State Rep. Thomas Weatherston, R-Caledonia, and several members of the public stepped up during the citizens’ comments segment of the agenda to publicly thank Bradley for his years of public service.
Weatherston presented a plaque to Bradley on behalf of the State Legislature to commemorate his years of public service dating back to his service as a Marine from 1969-76.
“Whereas his legacy will be remembered as a dedicated public servant to this community, therefore it is resolved by the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature on behalf of State Representative Weatherston do hereby salute Village President Bob Bradley and acknowledge his tremendous record of public service,” Weatherston read before presenting a plaque to Bradley. “Congratulations, Bob; sorry to have you leave.”
Fran Martin of Caledonia’s Community Development Agency thanked Bradley for his commitment to completing his goals for the village, “even though sometimes you were dead wrong.”
Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave stopped by the meeting to discuss the 2018 county budget and thank Bradley for his service, particularly with developing the village’s water and sewer infrastructure out to the Interstate 94.
“I want to say thank you for your leadership and mentorship,” Delagrave said to Bradley. “I can honestly say that the county has gotten more out of the village than the village has gotten out of the county, especially with the accomplishments out at I-94.”
Bradley, 67, who had been field operations manager for Racine Wastewater Utility, first joined the Village Board as a trustee in 2007. He served two terms before spending one year as president of the village utility district. During that year, four utility districts were consolidated into one.
In 2013, Bradley ran against and defeated incumbent Village President Ron Coutts.
After Monday’s meeting, Village Administrator Tom Christensen said the board would look into appointing someone for Dobbs’ trustee seat, but no timeline has been set.
This story has been changed since publication to correct Bob Bradley's former occupation.