Shawn Reilly, left, and Mayor Jeff Scrima shake hands as
Ald. Terry Thieme and Mike Volpano talk following the
mayoral candidates’ forum held Wednesday night at Carroll
WAUKESHA - If
re-elected, incumbent Mayor Jeff Scrima will take his entire
salary except for a small pay increase recently approved by the
Common Council, rather than donating half to the New Day in
Waukesha Fund as he’s been doing for the past four years.
disagreed with and vetoed the recent salary increase, I won’t
take an increase in pay, and I’ll donate it back to the
community through the New Day Fund,” Scrima said. The Common
Council overrode Scrima’s veto, and the pay increase will take
place starting with the next elected mayor.
the upcoming election cycle, the mayor’s position will make
$83,500, a slight increase from its current salary of $79,100.
Scrima plans to donate the $4,400 annual increase to the New Day
ago, Scrima promised to serve as full-time mayor on half pay. In
a column that ran in The Freeman at the time, he said “When I’m
re-elected in four years, having provided the tax relief and
water source that Waukesha deserves, the voters will decide if I
deserve a raise.”
He says he
created the New Day in Waukesha Fund to fulfill that campaign
The fund has
donated the seed money for the GuitarTown public art and music
project, restored the Farmers Market structure and most recently
began the design process for new gateway signs into the city.
“I believe in
keeping promises,” Scrima said.
All three of
Scrima’s opponents also said they’d take a full salary.
whatever salary the Common Council approved, and I’ll be earning
it for the city of Waukesha,” said local attorney Shawn Reilly.
President Terry Thieme said he not only plans to take a full
salary, but he also plans on punching a time clock so the voters
can see how much time he puts in.
citizens want to see how much time I put in, they’ll be able to
take a look and do that,” Thieme said.
trainer Mike Volpano said he will take a full salary and work
full-time, attending every possible board and committee meeting.
“I have a
family and a house ... so I couldn’t afford to take half pay,”
Volpano said. “WIth me, you’re going to get a full day’s work.”