Committees, Commissions & Boards

The City of Prairie du Chien has numerous boards and commissions that advise City Council or have direct responsibility for various functions or activities within the City. If you are a resident of the City and would be interested in serving, please contact Mayor Dave Hemmer or Interim City Administrator Chad Abram. You fill out a simple form expressing your interest and the next time that an opening occurs for a board or commission that interests you, the City Council will include your name among any others who have volunteered in making their appointment. Step Up and Serve! Be a part of City Government by serving on City Boards and Commissions.

Plan Commission
The City Plan Commission advises the City Council on all planning and land use issues including providing recommendations on applications to change the zoning classification of property. The Plan Commission also hears and decides applications for conditional use permits. The Plan Commission consists of seven voting members and one ex-officio member. One member is Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, and one member is a member of the City Council who is appointed by the Mayor. The members are appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. The Assistant City Attorney is an ex-officio member of the Commission. Plan Commission members serve 3-year terms.

MEMBER (Term expires May 1)
  • Dave Hemmer (Chairperson)
  • Tom Nelson (Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission)
  • Ron Leys (Council Representative)
  • Vacant (Assistant City Attorney – Ex-Officio)
  • Dan Key (2018)
  • Roger Grunow (2019)
  • Linda Munson (2019)
  • Ross Ritchie (2020)

Police and Fire Commission
The Police and Fire Commission hires the Fire Chief, Police Chief, and their subordinates and mediates any disciplinary problems in either department. The Police and Fire Commission consists of 5 citizens appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. Police and Fire Commission members serve 5-year terms.
MEMBER (Term expires May 1)

  • Roy George (2022) (Chairperson)
  • Gary Knickerbocker (2021)
  • Kersten Rocksvold (2020)
  • Mike Leard (2018)
  • Mark Gilberts (2022)

Park and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission provides general supervision of recreation in the City and operates and maintains all community recreation centers, playgrounds, and other areas assigned to it by the Council. This supervision includes making rules and regulations for all recreation areas with approval by the Council. The Commission directs the activities of the Parks and Recreation Director and may hire employees necessary to carry out its responsibilities. The Parks and Recreation Commission consists of five citizens and one Council member appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. Parks and Recreation Commission members serve 5-year terms.

MEMBER (Term expires May 1)
  • Tom Nelson (Chairperson) (2018)
  • Angie Kramer (2020)
  • Beth Wagner (2019)
  • Mike McCoy (2018)
  • Ruth Check-Gates (2021)
  • Ron Leys (Council Representative) (2020)

Airport Commission
The Airport Commission is responsible for the operations, maintenance, improvements, construction, equipment, budget, and management of the Airport and other aviation facilities in the City. The Airport Commission consists of five citizen members, interested in aeronautics, and one member of the Common Council. Members are appointed by the Mayor. Airport Commission members serve 3-year terms.

MEMBER (Term expires May 1)
  • Ron Falch (Chairperson) (2023)
  • Mike Ripp (2022)
  • Roger Dyer (2019)
  • Mike Hager (2023)
  • Terry Kendall (2023)
  • Edward Hayes-Hall (Council Representative) (2019)

Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals functions in many respects like a court in hearing and deciding upon administrative appeals and variances to the City Zoning Ordinance. The Board of Zoning Appeals consists of five regular members and two alternates. The members are appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. Board of Zoning Appeals members serve 3-year terms.

MEMBER (Term expires May 1)
  • Dave Parks (Chairperson) (2019)
  • Mark Oehler (2018)
  • Robert Standorf (2018)
  • Char Bender (2020)
  • Linda Munson (2020)
  • Curt Kramer (Alternate) (2020)

Board of Review
The Board of Review is a quasi-judicial body that hears and decides objections to the valuation of property as shown on the assessment roll. Additionally, the Board of Review can correct any errors or omissions in the descriptions or computations found on the assessment roll as well as check the roll for omitted property and double assessments. The Board of Review consists of five residents of the City appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. Board of Review members serve 5-year terms.

MEMBER (Term Expires May 1)

  • James Johnson (Chairperson) (2020)
  • John Rybarczyk (2018)
  • Joe Prew (2021)
  • Curt Kramer (2022)
  • Roger Grunow (2018)
  • Gary Koch (Alternate) (2021)
  • Accurate Appraisal (City Assessor)

Library Board
The Library Board supervises the administration of the public library and appoints the librarian. The Library Board consists of seven members. One member is the Prairie du Chien School District Superintendent or representative. Members are appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. Library Board members serve 3-year terms.
MEMBER (Term expires May 1)

  • Linda Munson (Chairperson) (2020)
  • Mary Ann Stemper (2018)
  • Norb Aschom (2019)
  • Layne David (2018)
  • Jill Doll (2020)
  • Brenda Anderson (2020)
  • Kersten Rocksvold (County Board Representative)
  • Robert Smudde (School Representative)
  • Maurice Collins (Honorary)

Revolving Loan Committee
The Revolving Loan Committee, created in 2015, The purpose of the Committee is to lend money to businesses through two loan funds – (a) The Downtown Revolving Loan Fund shall make loans to businesses now existing or that intend to locate in the Downtown Business District of the City, and (b) The Citywide Revolving Loan Fund shall make loans to businesses now existing or that intend to locate in the corporate limits of the City of Prairie du Chien.
MEMBERS (Term expires April 14th)

  • Robert Standorf (Chairman) (2020)
  • Robert McDonald (2020)
  • Lori Bekkum (2020)
  • Ashley Christensen (2020)
  • Sheri Jackson (2020)

Community Development Committee
The Community Development Committee manages the revolving loan program, reviews loan policy and applicant eligibility policy, and acts on specific loan requests. The Committee also identifies the housing needs of the community. The members are appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. Community Development Committee members serve 3-year terms.
MEMBER (Term expires May 1)

  • Jan Waller (Chairperson) (2020)
  • Sheri Bowar (2019)
  • Joe Atkins (2019)
  • Tom Nelson (2019)
  • Jill Dressler (2020)
  • Dale Klemme (Advisor)

LaRiviere Farm Park Committee

The LaRiviere Farm Park Committee is responsible for the oversight, development, and operation of the Farm Park consistent with the conditions of the donation of the park by Daniel LaRiviere. The members are appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. LaRiviere Farm Park Committee members serve 5-year terms.
MEMBER (Term expires May 1)
  • Dave Shihata (Chairperson) (2018)
  • Michael Mara (2018)
  • Ivan Hoffland (2018)
  • Dee Baker (2018)
  • Dave Troester (2018)

Housing Authority
The Housing Authority is responsible for the development and oversight of housing projects. The Housing Authority consists of five citizen members appointed by the Mayor. Housing Authority members serve 5-year terms.
MEMBER (Term expires September 1)

  • Dale Huston (2020)
  • Wendy Adkins (2020)
  • J.J. Jackson (2021)
  • Peg Gallagher(2020)
  • Nancy Becker (2021)

Redevelopment Authority

The Redevelopment Authority is responsible for carrying out blight elimination, slum clearance, and urban renewal programs and projects. The Redevelopment Authority consists of 7 citizen members appointed by the Mayor with approval by the City Council. Redevelopment Authority members serve 5-year terms.
MEMBER (Term expires May 1)
  • Bob Standorf (Chairperson) (2020)
  • Sheri Bowar (2020)
  • Nancy DuCharme (2018)
  • Duane Rogers (2020)
  • John Rybarczyk (2020)
  • Roy George (2019)
  • Jacob Kanis (2019)