Three distinguished alumni will be added to Waukesha South's Wall of Fame on Friday.
A ceremony for Charlie Betker, Richard Congdon and Leslie Vertz is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the South auditorium.
Betker, Class of 1963, lettered in football, wrestling and track. Betker has also distinguished himself in local public service as his 38 years on the Waukesha Common Council made him the longest continuous-serving alderman in the city's history.
He stepped down in 2008.
While in office, Betker served with 17 commissions, standing committees and boards. He also served as Waukesha Common Council president for an unprecedented three terms.
Betker took a lead role in advocating for improvements for the Waukesha South athletic field, which resulted in the installation of the concession stand and public restrooms in the athletic complex.
Congdon, Class of 1967, was involved in debate, drama, band and National Honor Society while at South.
He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in political science in 1971. He received his law degree from Marquette University in 1974.
Congdon works for Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County in the area of fundraising and grant writing. He served as a circuit court judge for two years and was an attorney from 1974 to 2009 for various firms.
He's been heavily involved in the community. He has served on the Waukesha GuitarTown Committee, board of directors for the Waukesha County Museum, was a member of the City of Waukesha Board of Review and was on a committee to investigate ethical complaints against local attorneys.
For his volunteer efforts, Congdon was awarded a "Key to the City" by Mayor Jeff Scrima last December.
Vertz, also part of the Class of 1967, was involved in the AV Club and wrestling during high school.
Vertz's post-secondary schooling consisted of Metals Engineering Institute of Ohio (metals), Waukesha County Technical College (fire science) and Mount Senario College (criminal justice).
He was a Waukesha County sheriff for 20 years and retired as a patrol lieutenant. Vertz worked for the Wales Fire Department for 12 years as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and rescue captain. He also worked part time for the Dousman, Eagle and Brookfield police departments and was an instructor for WCTC in the area of CPR.
Vertz established the first D.A.R.E. program for the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Mended Hearts Association and the Harley Owners Group.
He is married to Kay and they have three children, Les, Jessi and Amy.
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