John Schaffer

Common Council
Title: Alder, District 1
Phone: (608) 836-5623
John Schafer

Current Term: 

  • 2023-2035 

Number of years served in City of Middleton Elected Office: 

  • 1st term on council
  • 6+ years on various city committees (Chair of PRFC, Plan Commission, Conservancy, Library, airport master plan, Middleton 2020, joint Middleton-Westport Plan Commission)

Number of years lived in Middleton: 

  • Since 1988 

Work outside of the City Council: 

  • Professor Emeritus from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music 

Family members: Wife Sarah; adult daughter and son (Allison and Simon) 

  • College/Graduate School Wayne State University (BM 1976, MA 1979) 
  • Indiana University (PhD 1988)

Favorite thing about Middleton: 

  • Old town-new town feel; incredibly friendly community; great parks and green spaces .


  • Performing jazz, photography, trains (real and models), woodworking, recording engineer.

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