By Roger Utnehmer
Sturgeon Bay City Council Member Kelly Catarozoli is fed up with what she calls “sexism” in the appointments of Mayor Thad Birmingham.
Catarozoli challenged Birmingham’s appointments to an ad hoc committee to study street financing at Tuesday’s meeting of the council saying of seven people named to the study group only one was a woman.
In an interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com she said Birmingham’s “good old boy” appointments are a pattern she’s getting tired of seeing.
Catarozoli says women in Sturgeon Bay are victims of discrimination when Birmingham continues the male domination of committees and commissions.
She also cited her own experience as a second-term council member. Birmingham has not appointed her to chair a committee while newly-elected council member David Ward has been named a committee chair. She says putting her on the library committee reeks of sexism.
Catarozoli says a more inclusive representation of women in mayoral appointments will make for a better community.
Birmingham, she says, does not return her phone calls or respond to her emails in which she recommends interested and qualified women for positions on city committees and commissions.
Mayor Birmingham was asked what he thought about Catarozoli’s accusation of sexism on his appointments and said, “She doesn’t know what she is talking about, that’s it.”