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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. 

City of Janesville Councilmembers Historically 1923-2020

2020 - 2021 Janesville City Council

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Councilmember Sue Conley

Sue Conley, Council President 

First elected in 2017.  Term expires in 2021.

Committee Assignments: Community Development Authority Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee

“I moved to Janesville from Galesburg, IL in 1971 as a child and have been an active volunteer in the community ever since. My parents were great role models as volunteers themselves.

I retired from the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin in 2014 after serving as the executive director for 12 years. My previous work experience includes several positions at the YWCA Rock County including Executive Director and a branch manager of a bank in Janesville.

I have been an active nonprofit board leader since 1984 serving on many local boards including Janesville League of Women Voters, Women’s Fund, Janesville Education Foundation, Janesville Multicultural Teachers Scholarship Fund, Janesville Community Alliance Network, Janesville Performing Arts Center, United Way of North Rock County, Leadership Development Academy, Zonta Club of Janesville, Theatre Unlimited, Bower City Theatre Company, St. Mary School, Friends of JATV, Janesville Crimestoppers, and the YWCA Rock County.

Since retiring I have served as a consultant to local nonprofits providing tools and best practices to help nonprofits create good governance structures to better position them to advance their organization’s mission.

I believe I have skills that will benefit the City Council and the community and I look forward to serving on the Council.

I am married to Jim Conley and have three grown children.”

 

Wolfe, TomWolfe, TomTom Wolfe, Council Vice President

First elected in 2017. Term expires in 2021.

Committee Assignments:  Audit CommitteeJanesville Innovation Center Board

“I was born and raised in Janesville with my five brothers and sisters and graduated from Parker High School. Between my wife and I we have four children and 10 grandchildren. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to my retirement in 2015, I worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years.

I am passionate about giving back to the Janesville community and have served in many volunteer roles, including: the School District of Janesville Board of Education; the Janesville Zoning Board of Appeals; the Janesville Morning Rotary Club; the Janesville Performing Arts Center Board; the YMCA of North Rock County Board; and as a Forward Janesville Government Relations Committee Member and Goodwill Ambassador.

As a Janesville City Councilmember, I will work hard to represent the interests of all citizens. Thank you, Janesville residents, for the opportunity to serve."

 

Councilmember Paul Benson

 Paul Benson

Appointed in 2019.  Term expires in 2022.

Committee Assignments: Downtown Janesville, Inc.

"I was born and raised in Janesville. I graduated from Oakhill Christian School in 2004 and then earned my bachelors degree from Silver Lake College.  I earned my law degree from Arizona State University in 2011.  I spent the first six years of my career practicing in Phoenix.  In 2017, my wife and I moved back to Janesville. We now have two young boys.  My legal practice is focused on injury litigation. I represent regular people throughout southern Wisconsin. Currently, I am the incoming president of the Janesville Morning Rotary Club.  I’m excited to serve on the Council."

 

 

 

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 Jim Farrell

First elected in 2017. Term expires in 2021.

Committee Assignments: Audit Committee, Community Development Authority

"I am a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin but have lived in Janesville with my wife, Judy, for 20 years. I have a degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. My professional experience includes many positions in accounting management, specifically in the manufacturing industry. Today, I am retired and stay very active in the Janesville community. I currently serve on the Rock County Council on Aging and the Friends of Hedberg Public Library Board, and have volunteered at Roosevelt School, the Meals on Wheels program, the Literacy Connection, the noon Kiwanis Club, and many other great organizations and programs in the community.

I previously served on the City Council from 2012 to 2016 and am pleased to have been elected again to serve the citizens of Janesville. This is a very exciting time for Janesville in terms of economic growth, the development of downtown, and the transformation of the General Motors site. As Councilmember, I will make sure the City continues to move forward, that its financial health continues to be strong, and that the taxes and fees paid by our citizens stay level.”

 

 

SJ HeadshotSusan Johnson 

First elected in 2020. Term expires in 2022.
Committee Assignments: Library Board of Trustees, Sustainable Janesville Committee

"I’m originally from Kenosha. My dad made Ramblers for 30 years, and was a proud member of UAW Local 72.  My mom was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. They taught me the values of working hard, and sharing my resources, including my knowledge, with others. I completed my K-12 education and college in Kenosha. I’ve taught history, and worked as a library media specialist, and college librarian. More recently, I’ve taught as an adjunct instructor at UW-Rock County, UW-Waukesha, and UW-Whitewater. I’ve lived in Janesville since 2005. I love our parks and trails. The City earns its motto as Wisconsin’s Park Place! I cherish living here!"

 

Councilmember Doug Marklein

 Douglas Marklein 

First elected in 2013. Term expires in 2021.

Committee Assignments: Audit CommitteePlan Commission

"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."

 

Williams, Paul 2016

 Paul Williams

First elected in 2016. Term expires in 2022.

Committee Assignments: Alcohol License Advisory Committee, Plan Commission


"I have been a resident of Janesville all of my life. My immediate family includes my wife, Mary; two sons and their wives; two stepsons and their wives; two grandsons; twin step- grandsons; and a step-granddaughter.

My parents owned a towing service. I have been towing vehicles since I got my driver’s license 50 years ago. For 20 of those years, I also worked as a legal assistant in Mary’s law office. I am currently a full-time employee of Janesville’s Wurtz Service Center, Inc., and its Wurtz Towing.

My love of Janesville and its citizens led to a strong interest in city government about 25 years ago. In 1999 former Janesville City Manager Steve Sheiffer convinced me to run for city council. I served on the council from 2000 to 2008—vice-president for the 2002- 2003 term and president for the 2003-2004 term. I was on numerous committees and commissions during my tenure. I did not run for reelection because of plans, later aborted, to move closer to a historic restoration project.

I was re-elected to the council in 2016. The ARISE plan, along with the Monterey dam removal and new businesses moving into the city have increased public interest and involvement in city government. I am honored to be a part of the rebirth of Janesville. I hope my hometown values, my daily interaction with the public, my passion for researching council issues, and my council experience will continue to guide my judgment for the benefit of the community."

 

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