Charles Butler

Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen honored Fire Department Assistant Chief Charles Butler (pictured) ahead of his retirement in 2021 at Monday's Common Council meeting.

SHEBOYGAN — Mayor Mike Vandersteen honored Sheboygan Fire Department Assistant Chief Charles Butler ahead of his retirement at Monday'sCommon Council meeting.

Butler first joined the staff in April of 1994 with the volunteer fire and EMS services. He went on to be promoted to positions in research and development of training and chief before being named Assistant Chief in 2018.

Vandersteen and the council presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his more than 26 years with the fire department.

"Chief Butler is responsible for many of the accomplishments of the Sheboygan Fire Department over his tenure," he stated. "I want to thank Charles Butler for her 26 and a half years of service to the Sheboygan fire department. I'm sure that he will continue to serve the residents of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County in some capacity in the future."

"When I moved here in 1990 to start a family, it was my mission to go into this career, and I had no idea where it would take me, but it has been my ongoing mission ever since to improve the department," Butler said. "It's kind of a bittersweet moment for me to be retiring from this department, but I will be staying in this community. I have more work to do but I just need to do it with a different hat."

Also from Monday's Common Council meeting:

• Council authorized hiring attorney Amy R. Seibel of Seibel Law Offices LLC as an outside legal counsel to represent the City of Sheboygan in the defense lawsuit filed by Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust for a money judgement having to do with tax assessments.

• Emily Rendall-Araujo was confirmed to the position of Director of Senior Services.

• A request from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to add a second entrance sign on a portion of the 600 block of New York Avenue was referred by Council to the City Plan Commission.

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