Several Black River Falls residents must think Michael Rave has what it takes to be a civil servant.
The Black River Falls Common Council appears to agree with that assessment as council members welcomed Rave as its newest member.
“People from the general public and a couple from the common council approached me about submitting a letter of interest for the position,” Rave said. “I thought I could bring skills to the city and it allows me to have more of a voice in the city’s operations.”
Rave was sworn in as alderman for the city’s first ward last month. His appointment fills the seat vacated by Eric Erickson. In filling Erickson’s uncompleted term, Rave will hold the position until April 2019.
“We feel very lucky to have Michael step forward and join our council,” Mayor Jay Eddy said. “He has valuable skills and education paired with an excellent attitude for public service.”
Although the appointment to the council is the first time Rave has held public office, he brings experience in planning and development from his occupation as a director of planning and development.
His professional experienced also includes knowledge of budgeting, operations management and corporate social responsibility. Through his background in corporate administration, Rave brings experience of infrastructure, economic development, residential planning and SMART Growth to the position.
His varied skills also include background in the field of law enforcement.
“I can bring those skills to the city,” Rave said. “It makes sense to employ them whenever I can.”
Although he’s the new guy on the block, Rave already feels comfortable as a member of the council.
“Every single one of them has been great to work with so far,” Rave said. “The department heads are open minded and fair. They’re a great group of people to work with.”
He received a college education from Herzing University-Madison and has served as a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Born and raised in Black River Falls, Rave is married to Dana and the couple has two elementary-aged children enrolled in the School District of Black River Falls.
If Rave finds serving on the council a good fit, he can opt to run for election in 2019.