What is an Alderperson?

The West Allis Common Council is made up of ten alderpersons that each serve four-year terms.

The City of West Allis is divided into five aldermanic districts, and each district is divided into five wards. Each district has approximately 12,000 people, while each ward serves up to 3,000 people. Two alderpersons are elected from each district to comprise the Common Council.

The Common Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at West Allis City Hall. In addition to attending meetings, alderpersons’ duties may  include,  but are not limited to:

  • Making policy decisions and approving programs and projects
  • Passing resolutions, ordinances, and policies and procedures
  • Adopting operating rules and procedures for the conduct of business
  • Establishing fees
  • Passing annual City budget
  • Setting tax levy and tax rate
  • Approving license and permits
  • Adopting legislative positions
  • Conducting public hearings
  • Setting negotiation positions/goals in collective bargaining
  • Approving legal settlements
  • Approving issuance of debt
  • Approving certain purchases, contracts, and agreements
  • Working with City staff on district/neighborhood matters, inquiries, and complaints
  • Appointing or confirming City offices
  • Attending City functions, events, and activities as a representative of their district and the City
  • Serving on one or more standing Council Policy Committees (Administration & Finance Committee; Advisory Committee; License & Health Committee; Safety & Development Committee; Public Works Committee), as appointed by  Mayor

What are the qualifications for alderpersonS?

To be eligible to be appointed as alderperson, a person must, at the time of an election:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Reside in their City of West Allis district at the time of  appointment
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving violation of the public trust, bribery, or a felony, and not have been pardoned for the conviction

Are alderpersons paid?

Yes. The wage and salary range of the alderpersons of the  City of West  Allis on or after April 1, 2016, through April   20, 2020, is  $284.00 (biweekly or $7,384.00 (annually).

Do Alderpersons receive Benefits?

Yes. Benefits include:

  • Contributory, comprehensive health insurance program for the employee and his/her family, with eligibility the first of the month following thirty (30) days of   service
  • Dental insurance covering the employee and family, with eligibility the first of the month following six months of service, at no monthly premium cost
  • Contributory dual pension system comprised of the Wisconsin Retirement Fund* and federal Social Security
  • Fully paid life insurance program* with coverage in the amount of the employee’s annual salary adjusted to the next highest one thousand dollars with the option for additional coverage at the employee’s expense
  • Voluntary benefit programs consisting of Section 457 deferred compensation and Section 125 flexible benefits for dependent care and/or medical  reimbursement
  • Various other benefits including but not limited to Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Wellness Program, armed services reserve training, funeral leave, jury duty, and federal loan  program

Learn more about getting on the ballot as an aldermanic candidate.