Ward III Alderman Paul Duchild has been voted board president by his peers. Duchild, who is serving his second term, was nominated by Alderman Jerry Miguel.
"Alderman Duchild has served on the Ways and Means Committee—he has a good understanding of the city's financial issues and the challenges, which I think is also extremely important in that position," Miguel said. "Those positions are challenging and require a great deal of time."
Newly-elected Alderman Robert Deutschmann also received a nominated from Alderman Jerry Foote.
"I've looked around and most of us here, with the exception of a few, have served as board presidents," Foote said. "There's one individual who has been the most reliable attendee of residents for years and years and years and that's Alderman Deutschmann. He'll be here for one year and is very much aware of what goes on in the city. I think he would be an excellent president."
Even though Miguel has known Deutschmann for more than 30 years, and said that he also would be a very good choice, at the same time he felt that the position of president of the board needs to be an individual who would be capable of stepping in and serving as mayor should that be necessary. He also argued that Duchild has been influential in his pronouncements to the board.
"On occasion he has influenced my thinking on an issue," Miguel said. "Alderman Duchild is the single member of the board who has, in my view, earned the opportunity to serve as president."
Duchild was voted in with a 7-1 vote.