Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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ALDERMAN AND COMMITTEES
When an Alderman is elected there is a procedure in the common council with the Mayor to appoint each Alderman to one or more Committees.
Certain Committees are a very powerful force in city government and may determine the outcome of a critical decision that has a long lasting effect on city residents.
As a committee member the Alderman has a voice over each matter that comes before the committee, sometimes expressing a personal opinion.
The Key to better government is to have an Alderman on a Committee that has the experience and knowledge of the issues that come before that Committee.
There is also a procedure to have citizen members on certain committees which is a valuable addition if they have a special expertise.
Committee recommendations are very important and set the stage for a final council decision.
These Committees have great influence in city government. You can see the members on the city website.
FINANCE COMMITTEE: Controls the money that goes in and out. Conducts hearings and issues a recommended budget each year.
PUBLIC SAFETY: Determines the methods of protecting residents from harm.
POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION: members must be independent of the Police and Fire Departments and have a background in law enforcement and fire prevention.