Photo by Jim Herrington. This story appears in the April 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. by Larry Sussman Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima expects to live 80 years and has all the months to come mapped out on a life calendar mounted on the wall of his City Hall office. The 4-foot-high, 9-foot-wide display looks […]
This story appears in the April 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
by Larry Sussman
Jeff Scrima’s backgroundseems an unlikely one for a politician. He was born and raised in Waukesha and proudly proclaims himself “a product of Waukesha Public Schools.” Scrima is the third of four children; he has an older sister and brother, Angela and Joe, plus a younger brother, Ryan. Every fall, Scrima says, he goes deer hunting with his father and brothers, but he’s never shot a deer and would not do so if he saw one. “I go for the tradition and the camaraderie,” he says. “I am not an avid hunter.”
At age 36, Lori Luther is a veteran of city government. She has 15 years of experience, including roles as city administrator in Reedsburg, Wis., for three years and before that, assistant city manager in Overland Park, Kan., a city of 170,000 people. She has been the Waukesha city administrator since January 2008 and is paid about $115,000 a year.
No issue looms larger for Waukesha’s future than water. Its wells are running out of water and the level of radium in some wells doesn’t meet federal standards. Radium has been shown to cause bone cancer. Waukesha is under a court order to make changes needed to comply with these standards by June 2018.
Did Scrima live up to his promise to give back 50 percent of his salary? As a candidate for mayor, Jeff Scrima promised to “work for half pay” and return half of his salary – after health and dental insurance plus taxes – to the city. Instead, he has created a nonprofit foundation, the New Day in Waukesha Fund, which he controls, and has given half of his salary (which was $70,100 and rose this month to $73,100) to this foundation.