Trzebiatowski: “Ten Years is Enough for Me”
Alderman Roger Trzebiatowski (center, green shirt) has announced he will not seek another term in office. (City-TImes photo)
By Patrick Lynn
Alderman Roger Trzebiatowski announced this week he would not seek reelection in April.
The outspoken Council Member of District 7, who is 60 years old, said between some of his health issues and his wife’s recent retirement from teaching, it was time to step down from the office he’s held for a decade.
“It’s time. I’d like to start spending more time with my wife,” Trzebiatowski said on Thursday.
Trzebiatowski has long been critical of Mayor Andrew Halverson’s administration, often times pointing to the lack of information provided by the mayor before the Council is asked to make decision. Trzebiatowski is also one of the more vocal members of the Common Council, opining before just about every vote.
“I like to stay active in the community, and I have a lot of resources for information, but my wife and I want to do more travelling, and I need to take better care of my health,” he said.
Trzebiatowski also pointed out city government has “changed drastically” since he was first elected in 2005.
“The city was a lot more open, more transparent,” he said. “There wasn’t all this secrecy and last-minute information prior to voting. It gets to you after awhile, I suppose.”
Trzebiatowski said he plans to continue serving in his position “to the best of my ability” until his term expires next year. No candidates have yet announced interest in the seat.
When asked for a comment on Trzebiatowski’s announcement, Mayor Andrew Halverson said he was previously unaware of the alderman’s decision,
“He’s not running for reelection? Oh, well I certainly wish him well in his future adventures,” Halverson said.