2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 323. Emergency management.
323.54 Succession to office; local officers.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 323.54 (2017)

323.54 Succession to office; local officers.

(1) The governing body of any political subdivision may enact ordinances and resolutions to provide a method by which interim appointments to public office are made during periods of emergency to fill vacancies in offices that result from enemy action. The ordinances or resolutions shall define the scope of the powers and duties that interim appointees may exercise, and shall provide for termination of the interim appointments.

NOTE: Sub. (1) is amended by 2009 Wis. Act 42, effective the day after the secretary of state notifies the legislature that an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution has been approved that requires the legislature to provide for temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices for the period of an emergency resulting from a cause other than an enemy action, to read as follows:

(2) Each officer of a political subdivision for whom an interim successor is not determined by ordinance or resolution adopted under sub. (1) shall, subject to such regulations as the executive head of the political subdivision issues, designate by title, if feasible, or by named person, interim successors and specify their order of succession. The officer shall review and revise, as necessary, designations made pursuant to this section to ensure their current status. The officer shall designate a sufficient number of persons so that there will be not fewer than 3 nor more than 7 deputies or interim successors or any combination at any time. If any officer of any political subdivision or his or her deputy provided for pursuant to law is unavailable, the powers of the office shall be exercised and duties shall be discharged by his or her designated interim successors in the order specified. The interim successor shall exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office to which designated until the vacancy that exists is filled in accordance with the constitution or statutes or until the officer or his or her deputy or a preceding interim successor again becomes available to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of his or her office.

History: 2009 a. 42 ss. 130, 131, 144, 315; Stats. 2009 s. 323.54.

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