Mayor Mom runs the city council

50_mayormom-9917By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Make no mistake, she is the lady in charge. Wendy Judisch is just 39 years-old, a mother of three and, oh by the way, the first woman mayor of Conrad.

She took over the reins when Mayor John Shevlin recently resigned. Monday evening was her first time to tap the gavel and say, “This meeting will come to order.”

The Judisch family is, and it’s easy to say, politically involved. Kip Judisch, her husband of 15 years is a School District 10 board member. She is also a precinct committeewoman.

Judisch is an Administrative Assistant for the Pondera Regional Port Authority and with a lot of pride says, “I’m a mother as well.” She and Kip have three boys, Clark 13, Clint 11 and Cye who is six.

A native of Valier, she was born and raised there graduating from VHS in 1990. She earned Associate Degrees in Ag-Technology and Business Administration, both from MSU-Northern in Havre and has a Certificate of Completion in SHRM Human Resource Management through the MSU-College of Technology.

Judisch also finds time to be an organizational leader for the 4 Leaf Clovers 4-H Club and is a charter member and current board member of the Conrad Community Education Foundation and is a member of Saint Michael’s parish council.

Asked what her favorite hobby(s) were there was no hesitation in saying they were family orientated. She likes to follow her boys’ many activities, go on family camping trips and hit the streams to fish and the fields to hunt.

Asked if she had a vision for the city, the mayor tells the I-O, “I want to continue making Conrad the best place to live; the citizens here expect and deserve to have a good quality of living.”

Judisch is quick to praise others who came before her. “Thankfully, we have a city that has been blessed with employees, mayors and councils that have been conservative, yet proactive, and have been committed to keeping our city safe, and in compliance with the many state and federal regulations as well as being economically viable and financially stable.”