MEQUON - Alderwoman Pam Adams died Feb. 28 after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.
According to a Facebook post from Alderman John Wirth, Adams grew up in Mequon and was a graduate of Homestead High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wirth said Adams flew all around the country for cancer treatments, having multiple surgeries.
Adams was elected to the council in 1994 and was re-elected every three years for the last 23 years, according to a biography released by the city. Her term on the council was set to expire next year.
Wirth said Adams was “fiercely protective of her district” in a posting on his blog, www.wirth4mequon.com.
Mayor Dan Abendroth called Adams both a close friend and colleague.
"She was a uniquely positive and inspiring person who was passionate about representing her neighborhood and her city," he said. "She made a big difference in the lives of everyone who knew her. Mequon is a better place today because of her service."
Wirth added that no matter if they agreed or disagreed on an issue, he and Adams had a mutual respect.
“Despite our disagreements, Pam was my friend,” Wirth wrote on his website. “I will miss her. Her family and friends will miss her. And Mequon will miss her.”
Adams had three sons, Greg, Garrett, and Garrison. Her son, Garrison, preceded her in death with Garrison’s Glen Park named after him, Wirth said.
In addition to serving on the council, Adams was also on the city's public works committee, planning commission, and the economic development board, according to the city's website. She was a member of the tree board since October 1993 and part of the Mequon festivals committee since its inception in May 2013.
“It was a joy and an honor to work with Alderman Adams," said City Administrator Will Jones. "No one loved Mequon more than Pam, who was an ardent advocate for both the city and the residents of her district. Her sunny attitude and boundless energy will certainly be remembered for a long time to come, and city staff continues to offer its condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Jones said the vacancy will be announced at the next common council meeting March 14. He said at that point the city clerk will be directed to advertise the position and the city will accept applications.
According to city code, once applications are received and the posting closes, the common council will convene as a committee of the whole to interview the applicants. The code says the meeting will occur within 14 days after the posting closed.
Finally, at the next regular common council meeting following the committee meeting, "the council, by a majority vote, shall select one of the applicants to fill the vacancy until a successor is elected and qualified," according to the code. Qualifications for the position are based on state statutes.