Court Oversight Committee to Consider Judges, Clerk
Left, Village of Plover President Dan Schluter listens as City Councilman Mike Wiza (left) gives his thoughts on the new municipal court. (City-Times photo)
By Brandi Makuski
The Municipal Court Oversight Committee meets Tuesday to review applicants for the position of Municipal Court Judge.
Committee Member Dan Schlutter on Friday said to his knowledge only two applicants have returned resumes for the position, but the applications deadline isn’t until noon on Monday.
Schlutter is one of two officials from the Village of Plover to serve on the committee, along with Trustee Tom Davies. City Councilman Mike Wiza, Alderwoman Joanne Suomi and Mayor Andrew Halverson also serve on the committee. Halverson was unanimously voted chairman.
The committee on Tuesday will also hear an update on the search for a municipal court clerk.
Leaders from both the Village of Plover and the City of Stevens Point came together in early March to form the new joint municipal court, which will hear cases of municipal ordinances violations, traffic offenses and first offense OWI. Officials from both municipalities say the fines will be lower and the process of appearing before the court will be more relaxed and personal.
The committee will appoint a judge and clerk to serve until 2016 when the judge will become an elected official and appoint his or her own clerk. After the two positions are filled initially, Halverson said the committee will only meet 1-2 times a year to oversee the court’s budget. The court is expected to become active by June.
The oversight committee meets at 4 PM on Tuesday in the city conference room at the courthouse, 1515 Strongs Avenue. The public is welcome.