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The Janesville City Council has seven members who are elected on a nonpartisan basis and represent the city as a whole. Councilmembers serve two-year, overlapping terms and are nonsalaried. 

Click here to view the list of individuals that have served the City of Janesville as Councilmembers historically.

2015 - 2016 Janesville City Council

15-16 City Council Group Photo

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Doug MarkleinDouglas Marklein, Council President 
First elected in 2013. Term expires in 2017.
"I have resided in Janesville since I was two years old. Started working for the family owned home building business since I was 5 sweeping and cleaning up. I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Construction Administration with a Real Estate emphasis in 1979. I became involved with the South Central Wisconsin Builders Association, eventually becoming their President in 1997. I have been a member of the Janesville Zoning Board of Appeals and currently a member of the Plan Commission. I was asked to serve on several Rock County Committees relating to Land Use and Farmland Preservation representing the interests of the Development community.

It is my wish to serve the citizens of Janesville to the best of my ability fairly and impartially. I have appeared many times before the council, and I will not forget the nervousness I felt at that moment. I believe in listening to the community and communicating back to the citizens in an open and honest manner.

My wife, Jean, and myself have raised two wonderful daughters who are now embarking on their own life journeys as caring professionals."


Mark Bobzien Carol Tidwell, Council Vice President  
First elected in 2015. Term expires in 2017.
“I have been a resident of Janesville since 2010 when my husband and I moved from Minnesota. I hold a B.A. from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz and a J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. For more than 35 years I have followed a career in law as in-house corporate counsel, as a Federal mediator for labor and employment disputes, and currently as an independent arbitrator and mediator. Prior to my election to the Council I served as a member of the Janesville Zoning Board of Appeals and as Chairperson of the Janesville Sidewalk Ad Hoc Task Force.

My husband and I have a son and daughter-in-law who live and practice law in Chicago. In my free time I am active in the League of Women Voters, the St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital ethics committee, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

I will work hard as a member of the Council on behalf of the city's many constituents. Janesville has treated me well and I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve on the City Council.”


Mark BobzienMark Bobzien 
First elected in 2014. Term expires in 2016.
"A Janesville native, I received a B.A. in Journalism from UW-Madison and worked as newspaper reporter for three years before returning to my hometown. I was hired by the Janesville Fire Department in 1985 and served the city in a number of roles, including paramedic, driver, and acting Lieutenant, retiring in December of 2012.

An appreciation for and a love of my hometown drove me to run for Council, and I hope to serve Janesville by acting in the best interest of all citizens with every decision. One goal that I’d like the City to undertake in the next few years is to take a lead role in downtown redevelopment.

My wife, Patrice, a nurse here in Janesville, and I raised two daughters, both of whom have moved on to very fulfilling careers."

Deupree HeadshotKay Deupree  
First elected in 2015. Term expires in 2017.
“ I am married to Neil Deupree, have two daughters, two granddaughters and two “greats”. I've lived in Janesville since 1990, in '97 we moved to the 4th Ward. We have lived in a variety of locations from a very small town to a large city. With those experiences, I believe I have a responsibility to help create a responsive, caring, attractive community wherever I live. I graduated from Iowa State University and have worked in both business and educational settings. I've been involved in several volunteer activities in Janesville, including 4th Ward Neighborhood Action Team, League of Women Voters, and Bird City Janesville. I see serving on the Council as another way to live out this commitment. I listen to different points of view, ask questions, work to understand issues, follow through on plans, look for creative solutions, appreciate others' efforts, expect results, act ethically, and work cooperatively with others.”


Jim Farrell

Jim Farrell
First elected in 2012. Term expires in 2016.
"Raised in Kenosha (a city also dependent on manufacturing), I have been a resident of Janesville since 1996. I retired as an industrial accountant in September, 2011. I have a BBA in Finance from UW-Milwaukee and am a Certified Public Accountant.  Since my retirement, I have enjoyed volunteering at a grade school, as a participant in Big Brothers, as a tax preparer for AARP, and as an English tutor for the Literacy Connection. These experiences have been very rewarding and I encourage other retirees to become involved in their community. My wife, Judy, is a retired high school social studies teacher. We both have a strong commitment to education and community service.

 I have a strong lifelong interest in national state and local government. Now more than ever people with a strong financial background should serve in government. I am strongly interested in the acquisition and retention of business in Janesville and the creation of new jobs. We also need to retain a high quality of life for all Janesville residents as well as maintain and improve the city’s infrastructure."


Richard Gruber
First appointed in 2015. Term expires in 2016.

"I have been a vice president for Mercy Health System since 2002. In my role I have responsibilities for community advocacy, government relations at the federal, state and local levels, relationship management with regional private not-for-profit health related agencies, community services development, pastoral care and outreach, the Mercy Association of Volunteers and the Mercy Foundation.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History as well as a Master of Public Administration degree. Prior to joining Mercy, I enjoyed a career in local government management and administration spanning more than 20 years."



Sam LiebertSam Liebert

First elected in 2011. Term expires in 2017.

"I was born in Milwaukee and moved to Janesville at the age of five. I moved here with my single mom and sister for the amazing qualities that Janesville offered as a city. I attended public school at Harrison Elementary, Washington Elementary, Franklin Middle School and graduated from Parker High School in 2003. I currently attend classes at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, finishing my Bachelors Degree in Public Policy & Administration.

In 2010, I decided to return home to Janesville to begin my life. Janesville is a great place to raise a family, buy a home and plant your roots. We have beautiful parks, pools and safe neighborhoods. I hope that younger families will decide to stay in Janesville, and make their future here as I have decided to do.

As the current longest serving councilmember, I plan to work with the rest of the council in balancing our budgets yearly. Just as Janesville families sit down every week to live within their means, so too should our City Government. I also promise to work hard to hold the line on property taxes and to closely watch our borrowing trends. It's also my job to listen, be transparent, and listen to all sides of an issue before making decisions. Janesville is an amazing place to live and work, and I plan on keeping it that way."


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