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 City Administrator Aaron Kramer. 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.
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 (2017)
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 (2017)
Linda Munson (2017)
Curt Kramer (Alternate) (2017)
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)
James Johnson (Chairperson) (2020)
John Rybarczyk (2018)
Joe Prew (2016)
Curt Kramer (2017)
Roger Grunow (2021)
Gary Koch (Alternate) (2021)
Brad Cupp (City Assessor)  
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 (2017) (Chairperson)
Gary Knickerbocker (2021)
Kersten Rocksvold (2020)
Mike Leard (2018)
Mike McCoy (2017)
The Airport Commission is responsible for the operations, maintenance, improvements, construction, equipment, budget, and management of the Airport and other aviation facilities of the City. The Airport Commission consists of four 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)
Bill Adamany III (Chairperson) (2016)
Roger Dyer (2016)
Ron Falch (2017)
Mike Hager (2017)
Terry Kendall (2017)
Ken Fleshner (Council Representative)  
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 seven 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)
Jim Welsch (2016)
Angie Kramer (2020)
Monica Horner (2019)
Mike McCoy (2018)
Susie Myers (2019)
Nick Gilberts (2018)
Ron Leys (Council Representative)
The Library Board supervises 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) (2017)
Mary Ann Stemper (2018)
Norb Aschom (2016)
Layne David (2018)
Jill Doll (2017)
Brenda Anderson (2017)
Kersten Rocksvold (County Representative)  
Drew Johnson (School Representative)  
Maurice Collins (Honorary)  
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 (2017)
Bob McDonald (2016)
J.J. Jackson (2016)
Jane Jacobs (2020)
Nancy Becker (2016)
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. Application form
MEMBERS (Term expires April 14th)
Robert Standorf (Chairman) (2020)
Robert McDonald (2020)
Lori Bekkum (2020)
Ashley Christensen (2020)
Sheri Jackson (2020)
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 in 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) (2017)
Luanne Neumann (2016)
Joe Atkins (2016)
Tom Nelson (2016)
Jill Dressler (2017)
Dale Klemme (Advisor)  
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. Ordinance 2013-16 reconfigured the Committee.
MEMBER (Term expires May 1)
Dave Shihata (Chairperson) (2018)
Michael Mara (2018)
Ivan Hoffland (2018)
Dee Baker (2018)
Dave Troester (2018)

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)
Sherry Jackson (2017)
Bonnie Homuth (2017)
Duane Rogers (2017)
John Rybarczyk (2017)
Roy George (2016)
Fred Huebsch (2016)
Michel Brisbois (1759-1837)
Brisbois was a French-Canadian voyageur who was active in the upper Mississippi River valley as early as 1781. Originally a fur trader for the Hudson's Bay Company, he eventually settled in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin where he became a baker. Still a trader at heart, Brisbois, noting the lack of stability in early government currency, encouraged the use of bread (from his bakery) as a unit of exchange. During the War of 1812, he furnished supplies to both the American and British forces but maintained a pro-British attitude. Arrested for treason at the close of the war, he was sent to St. Louis for trial but was acquitted. He was appointed associate justice for Crawford County by Governor Cass of Michigan Territory (1819), and thereafter held various local offices in the Prairie du Chien area. He died in Prairie du Chien in June, 1837. Brisbois House - Built in 1815, the Michel Brisbois House served as a trading post and warehouse of the American Fur Company. In the 1850s the house was demolished. By 1923, the Bernard Brisbois House was believed to be the Michel Brisbois House and was thought of being one of the oldest European-American buildings in the State of Wisconsin. However, after careful research by the Wisconsin Historical Society, it was determined that this structure was not the famed Michel Brisbois House but rather a home built by Joseph Rolette as part of a separation contract negotiated in 1836 for his estranged wife Jane Fisher Rolette, a relative of Michel Brisbois, who upon her second marriage transferred the title of the property to her cousin Bernard Walter Brisbois.
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