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Should Waukesha Have a Part-time Mayor?

Alderman Duane Paulson wants to give residents that choice. He will make a referral tonight to explore holding a referendum on the issue.

A Waukesha alderman would like the citizens to decide if the mayor’s position should be full time or part time.

Alderman Duane Paulson said Monday afternoon that he wants to put that question to a referendum. If Waukesha were to make the position part time, it would not be until after current Mayor Jeff Scrima’s first term has concluded in April 2014.

“It is not my intent to cut off the mayor before his term is up,” Paulson said.

The full-time city administrator position was created during former Mayor Carol Lombardi’s time in office and Lombardi had once campaigned on making the mayoral position part time, Paulson said.

“Obviously that did not happen,” Paulson said. “I still think that is a good idea.”

Paulson plans to make a referral during tonight’s Common Council meeting to begin the process of exploring a possible referendum. All that will be said at tonight's meeting is Paulson's referral at the end of the meeting. No discussion or action will be taken.

“The people will speak,” Paulson said.

Michael Johnson June 08, 2011 at 09:07 AM
Yes. A full time mayor spends more time making city employees accountable to the community and also can devote his or her time to encourage business developments. Since the mayor is elected by the entire city he is able to sometimes represent some of the minority views in each district. For example, the 15th district has a minority percentage which would like to examine an alternative to purchasing water from Milwaukee. So in this case the Mayor is looking out for the minority view while Alderman Paulson represents that districts majority percentage.

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