Community Development Authority (CDA)

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The CDA is responsible for providing oversight into the Rental Assistance Program along with planning and implementing various community development programs including: housing improvement programs, homeownership programs and neighborhood redevelopment programs. The CDA reports to the City Council and City Manager, consisting of five citizen members and two Councilmembers.

Desirable Characteristics and Qualifications for Committee Members (per staff liaison):

  • Financial experience and ability to understand budgets, particularly experience working with federal programs or in the lending environment.
  • Personal experience as a low income resident or participant in the Rent Assistance Program.
  • Experience working or volunteering with low income residents or agencies representing low income individuals.
  • Experience working in residential construction or housing field.
  • Applicants from mortgage lending, financial, construction management, social services (non-profit or governmental agencies serving the low income population), and real estate fields are desirable.
Number of Members  7 Members:
Citizen Members (5) 
Councilmembers (2)

Wendy Bumgarner

Benjamin Dobson 

Becka Freed

Jessica Locher


Sue Conley, Councilmember

Rich Gruber, Councilmember

Term of Office Councilmembers (1 year)
Citizen Members (4 years)
Commencement of Term First Monday of May each year 
Appointment by Whom

Council Members by Council President

Citizen Members by City Manager


The City Manager will take into consideration the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Appointments when appointing citizen members to this committee.

Approval or Confirmation by Common Council
Residency Requirements of Citizen Members  State Statute 66.1335 requires residency of members. 
Duties and Responsibilities WI State Statute Section 66.4325. Oversight into the Rental Assistance Program, planning and implementing Community Development programs, housing projects, and redevelopment projects.
To What Authority Do They Report City Council and City Manager
When Meetings are Held Third Wednesday of each Month
Who Calls Meetings Chairperson
Responsibility for Minutes Secretary of Authority or Neighborhood & Community Services Staff
Location of Filed Minutes Neighborhood & Community Services Department

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