How is it that persons elected to
a common council or village board can continue to serve on the fire
department? Doesn't the compatibility of offices doctrine prevent
governing body members from holding any other position of employment or
another office while they are a member of the governing body?
Generally speaking, a member of the
governing body cannot be employed by the municipality or hold any other
position or office. However, there is a limited statutory exception that
allows a volunteer firefighter, EMT, or first responder whose annual
compensation including fringe benefits does not exceed $15,000 to hold
an elected office in the municipality. Wis. Stat. sec. 66.0501(4).