Ben Heili will serve as the newest District 4 alder.
The Common Council unanimously appointed him Tuesday, Feb. 12, to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Nicole Wiessinger. He was the only applicant for the seat.
His term expires in April 2020, when it comes up for a one-year term, and will be back on the ballot in 2021 for a three-year term. This is the seventh time in as many years there’s been a mid-term opening in District 4.
Heili is a compliance specialist with National Electrostatics Corporation in Middleton who has previously worked as a technical writer, including a two-year stint at Verona-based Epic. He has dual master’s degrees in history and German from Bowling Green State University, where his thesis topic was humor and cynicism in East Germany.
His wife, Sarah, works in special education at River Bluff middle school, Heili told the council, and they have been in the Stoughton community for three years.
Wiessinger’s resignation created openings on the Utilities committee, filled by Ald. Matt Bartlett (D. 4), the Parks and Recreation committee, Community Affairs/Council Policy committee and the ad hoc committee with the school district to attract young families to Stoughton. Heili was not appointed to any committees at the Feb. 12 meeting, and Mayor Tim Swadley told the Hub the committee appointments will be on the agenda for the next Common Council meeting, Feb. 26.
After being sworn in by clerk Holly Licht, and before taking his seat as alder, Heili told the group he “look(s) forward to jumping in and learning how I can best serve all members of our community.”