Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic said she will not bow to pressure from a group of colleagues to relinquish her office.
Dimitrijevic, who has said little since the effort was officially announced Monday, said she believes enough board members support her to remain as chairwoman.
“My colleagues, they have confidence in me, and the majority are supporting me,” she said. “I’m not stepping down.”
Five supervisors made the call for Dimitrijevic’s removal: Deanna Alexander, Mark Borkowski, Jim Schmitt, Steve Taylor and John Weishan Jr. They have said they no longer have faith in her ability to lead the board and are circulating a petition for her removal.
To be successful, that petition needs 12 signatures, two-thirds of the 18-member County Board. However, nine supervisors, including Dimitrijevic, have said they will not sign.
Borkowski said there is no deadline to amass the necessary support.
If successful, the petition would trigger a special election to name a new chairperson. A second two-thirds vote would be needed to select Dimitrijevic’s successor. The election would not remove Dimitrijevic from her position as a supervisor.
– Beth Kevit