As of Tuesday, November 21, 2017
FALLS CITY — Jeremy Gordon quickly fell in love with Falls City when he and his wife moved to town a little more than two years ago.
Now, he’s the mayor, appointed by the Falls City City Council on a 3-2 vote on Monday night.
When asked why he applied for the mayor post, Gordon said he felt driven to give back to what he believes is his family’s “forever home.”
“I really feel compelled to serve the community that has been so good to us,” Gordon said. “I’ve never experienced community like this.”
This is the first public office Gordon has held.
“There will be a learning curve,” he said. “This is my first attempt at serving in local government.”
Gordon was one of three candidates seeking the job. City Councilor Jenn Drill and resident Shane Curry Jr. were the other two, but only Gordon and Drill were present for the council interview Monday.
Gordon is a project manager and state authorization administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is on the Polk Community Development Corporation Board.
He works from home in the full-time job with the university and consulted with his boss about whether he could perform in both roles.
“She is incredibly open to adjusting my hours in real time in any way that needs to happen,” Gordon said. “I’ll be busy, no doubt, but in a way that I think I will find compelling and exciting and as an opportunity to be creative.”
When asked what his goal would be if selected to finish former mayor Terry Ungricht’s term, he said he wouldn’t take office expecting to make wholesale changes.
“Making changes for the sake of change doesn’t always benefit everybody,” he said. “I don’t think I have that kind of umbrella stamp that I would bring or want to change. I think I would rather want to enhance the capacity and the positive things about the city, and help solve problems that have been lingering for a while.”
Among those issues, in his opinion are: Infrastructure, affordable housing a potential levy to support fire services, and the contract with Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District.
The council asked Gordon and Drill questions for about 35 minutes before taking a vote.
“I think we got pretty lucky,” said Council President Tony Meier before asking for councilors to fill out their ballots. “I think we got two excellent candidates.”
Councilors Lori Jean Sickles, Charlie Flynn and Dennis Sickles voted for Gordon. Cliff Lauder and Tony Meier voted for Drill.
Gordon was sworn in immediately after the vote.