Committees, Commissions, Boards

The mayor is responsible for making council member and resident appointments to the following committees and commissions.  All appointments subject to city council confirmation. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact City Hall at (920)748-4914.

 Board of Public Works

The Board of Public Works shall have the following advisory powers and duties:

  • Review and recommend for approval written DPW policies and changes to existing policies
  • Assist in preparing DPW's annual budget request for submission to the City Council
  • Work with DPW to examine, track and recommend plans to carry out the Capital Improvement Plan
  • Serve as a platform for public input on DPW matters, with open meetings and a standing agenda item for public comment
  • Shall assist and advise DPW in the control of streets, alleys, and sidewalks or improvements therein, including maintenance
  • Recommend to the City Council any other DPW matters identified for discussion or consideration.

The Committee shall consist of five members.

Those five members shall be as follows: three council representative, appointed by the mayor, subject to council approval.

The additional two members shall be citizens, appointed by the mayor, subject to council approval.

The citizen members shall hold office for a period of three years.


Johnathan Gatzke
Steve Reimer
Jeff Liddicoat
Mark Denkert

 Board of Review

The Board of Review has the powers and duties as established by state statues. 

Membership consists of the Mayor, City Administrator, a Council Member from each district

and the assessor, who is not entitled to a vote. 

The board meets annually in City Hall on the date(s) set by state statute.

David Gallops 

Jonathan Gatzke 

Jolene Schatzinger

John Splitt

Theodore Grant

Adam Sonntag


 Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals considers and approves zoning variance requests. 
The board is made of up to five members plus two alternates. 
Members serve three-year terms. 
Meetings are held as needed on the third Wednesday of the month at city hall.
Steve Arbaugh
Steve Reimer 
Jon Roy
John Splitt
David Sakrison

 Business Improvement District

The primary mission of the Business Improvement District (BID) is to assist in efforts to
  • a) Achieve a livable, attractive, economically viable, and dynamic downtown
  • b) Improve and maintain the quality of life in the downtown
  • c) Encourage economic vitality in the Ripon area. 
BID activities are supported by a special assessment on properties in the district.
The majority of the members must own property within the business improvement district. 
Members serve a three-year term. 
Meetings are held at a time and location determined by the board.
Ted Grant
Matt Greget
David Knuth
Jeff Liddicoat
Jen Rintelmann
TJ Rogers
Sarah Willett

 Ripon Community Media Committee

Mission of the Ripon Community Media Committee
Accessible Media Dedicated to Information, Entertaining and Sharing Our Community.
The committee works to make recommendations on the quality and variety of programs offered on the Cable TV Channels.  You can find those channels on 986 and 987 on your Charter Cable subscription or available on our website and YouTube. If anyone has recommendations for programs to be shown on the channels or have comments about the current offerings, please contact any member of the committee.  The committee meets at City Hall as needed.
The Cable TV committee advises the Mayor and Council on development and enforcement of rules and regulations for use of the city's public cable TV channels and makes recommendations on cable TV program offerings. Membership consists of one each from the Ripon School District, Ripon College, Ripon Library, City Government and two at large.  Members serve a five-year term. 
Desiree Bongers, Library
Travis Liptow, Ripon Area School District
Jason Mansmith, At Large Member
Maddie Koster, Ripon College
Jolene Schatzinger, Council Member
Ad Hoc Members
Riley Icenogle, Ripon Community Media Employee

 Community Development Authority

The Ripon Community Development Authority (CDA) is authorized to transact business and exercise any and all powers granted to a CDA under the community development authority law as amended from time to time for the purpose of carrying out blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal programs and projects and housing projects. The CDA shall consist of seven resident persons having sufficient ability and experience in the fields of urban renewal, community development and housing. Two of the commissioners shall be members of the common council. 
Ellen Sorensen
Johnathan Gatzke
Jeff Liddicoat
Kimberly Chapman-Johnson
Laura Bruce 

  Historic Preservation Commission

Purpose and Intent (20.43.030) City Code 

In accordance with the authority granted by Section 62.23(7)(em), Wisconsin Statutes, it is declared a matter of public policy that the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of improvements or sites of special character or special archeological, architectural or historic interest or value is a public necessity and is required in the interest of health, prosperity, safety and welfare of the people.

The purpose of this chapter is to:                                           
A. Effect and accomplish the protection, enhancement and continued use of such improvements, sites and districts which represent or reflect elements of the city's cultural, social, archeological, economic, political and architectural history.              
B.  Safeguard the city's historic and cultural heritage, as embodied and reflected in such historic structures, sites and districts.
C.  Foster civic pride in the notable accomplishments of the past.
D.  Stabilize and improve property values.
E.  Protect and enhance the city's attractions to residents, tourists and visitors, and serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry.              
F.  Improve and enhance the visual and aesthetic character of the city.
G.  Educate the public regarding the need and desirability of a historic preservation program and its enhancement of the quality of life.

Designation Criteria (20.42.110) City Code

A.  For the purposes of this chapter, the common council may place a historic structure, historic site or historic district designation on any improvement, improvement parcel or other unit of real property located within the corporate limits of the city that has been determined by the council upon recommendation of the commission to be of historic or architectural significance to the people of the city. The common council shall seek the approval of the owner or owners of a historic structure, historic site, or properties within a proposed historic district before designating such property or properties for inclusion as a historic site or district.           
B.  The quality of significance is present in a historic structure, historic site, or historic district depicting the history, architecture, archeology and culture of the city or the United States that:           
1.  Exemplifies or reflects the broad cultural, political, economic or social history of the nation, state or community; or
2.  Is identified with historic personages or with important events in national, state or local history; or
3.  Embodies the distinguishing characteristics or architectural types or specimens inherently valuable for the study of a period or periods, styles, methods of construction, or indigenous materials or craftsmanship; or           
4.  Is representative of notable works of master builders, designers or architects who influence their age; or
5.  Has yielded or may likely yield information important in pre-history or history; or
6.  Has a unique location or singular physical characteristic which represents an established and familiar visual feature of neighborhood, area, or place.

Billy Hutton
Matthew Koski
David Gallops
Ron Silber
John Splitt
Joe Walker

The Historic Preservation Commission typically meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Conference Room at City Hall.


 Library Board

The Library Board has exclusive control of the expenditure of all moneys collected, donated or appropriated for the library fund and the supervision, care and custody of the library and reading rooms. 
Its seven members are residents of the City of Ripon or surrounding towns. 
No more than two are town residents and one must be a school district administrator or representative. 
Members serve a three-year term. 
Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at the library.
Douglas Iverson                               Council Representative
Travis Liptow                                    
Lauren McConnell   
Mary Madderom                        
Andy Prellwitz                                   
Breck Speers                                    
Janet Vossekuil                                 
Kat Griffith                                       Fond du Lac Co Representative

 Park and Recreation Committee

The Park & Recreation Committee is an advisory group that works with the City of Ripon Parks and Recreation Director,
City of Ripon Administrator and the City of Ripon Common Council in planning and developing Ripon's park system. 
This includes Forestry, Waterways and Park Development. 
The committee is made up of five members, including one City of Ripon Council Representative and the City of Ripon Administrator. 
Members serve a four-year term. 
Meetings are held as needed. 
Nancy Baird 
Tim Fox
Jolene Schatzinger 
Jason Kimpel
Jason Mansmith
Tiffany Millin
Sandy Wisneski 

 Plan Commission

The Plan Commission has the powers and duties prescribed in Section 62.23, Wisconsin Statutes and such other powers and duties vested in them by law or the city council.  
The Commission considers matters regarding the physical development of the city, such as site development, conditional use, planned unit development, re-zoning, etc. 
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at city hall conference room.
Mike Boscaljon      
Theodore Grant   
Haley Hutton       
Mark Denkert     
John Splitt 
Chris Mathias        

 Police Commission

The Police Commission has all the powers and duties delegated to it in Section 62.13, Wisconsin Statutes excepting the optional powers in Section 62.13 (6) and any additional powers designated by the city council. 
Members serve a five-year term. 
Meetings are held as needed.
Jon Heatley
Vince King
Steve Lewis
Arlo Reichter
Kevin Rosenau

 Ripon Area Fire District Governing Board

The Fire District Board governs all operations of the RAFD (Ripon Area Fire District), serving the City of Ripon and Towns of Ripon and Nepeuskun. 
The RAFD is supported by assessments to each of the members. 
The board is represented by four members from the city council, two from Town of Ripon and one from Town of Nepeuskun. 
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at the Fire Station conference room.
City of Ripon
Jonathan Gatzke
Doug Iverson
Mark Denkert
Ellen Sorensen 
Town of Ripon
Gary Page
Barry VandeBrink
Town of Nepeuskun
       Mike Wargula