It appears the battle between Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic continues.
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic’s request for full membership on the city-suburban Intergovernmental Cooperation Council was shot down Monday on an 11-9 vote.
Among those voting against giving Dimitrijevic voting rights on the council was County Executive Chris Abele, who has separately advocated for smoother relations with the County Board. The county executive, as well as mayors and village presidents from Milwaukee County’s 19 municipalities, make up the council’s current membership.
Dimitrijevic had sought the seat on the council as a means to foster goodwill with suburban leaders, many of whom have objected to past county funding decisions and pressed for downsizing the County Board. She called the rejection of her bid for a council seat a missed opportunity for improving relations among local government leaders, but said she’ll keep attending meetings of the council.
It’s important to note that while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett supported Dimitrijevic’s bid to become a voting member of the ICC, he did express concern that allowing Dimitrijevic voting rights on the ICC would lead to additional requests for voting rights by municipal board leaders and eventual dilution of the panel.