Beveridge Responds to League of Women Voters Questions
For the City-Times
1. What background qualifies you for this position?
As both an attorney and a member of the City Council, I am very familiar with the legal aspects of the city’s operations and well prepared to become the next City Attorney. I graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2009 and passed the Wisconsin Bar exam in 2010. As a student, I worked with several environmental law offices, including the Environmental Protection Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
I addressed issues directly applicable to the office of City Attorney, such as civil prosecution, government regulatory issues, and land use & zoning. Since 2010, I have practiced family law with Portage County Legal Aid, where I assist low-income clients in divorce, child support, and child custody actions.
I have served on the Common Council as Alderperson for the First District since 2011, and am currently the Chairman of the Finance Committee.
2. What do you think are the two most important issues facing the city in the next two years and how would you address them?
The top challenges facing our city are providing quality services on a limited budget and attracting new development and jobs. On the budget side, it is the City Attorney’s duty to defend property tax assessments and ensure the city is able to raise revenue. As City Attorney, I will work tirelessly to defend assessments before the Board of Review and in the courts.
On the development side, I will use my experience as a member of the Common Council and CDA to negotiate the absolute best deal for the taxpayers as City Attorney when developers seek assistance from the city.