Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Edward Siira, Citizen of the Year

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On Sunday June 1, I had the pleasure of emceeing the Citizen of the Year banquet honoring Edward Siira as the 2014 Oak Creek Citizen of the Year.  Ed was selected as a result of his significant community involvement including serving on the Oak Creek Community Center board of directors, the Oak Creek Plan Commission, the Oak Creek Library ad hoc committee, Knights Stadium committee, the Oak Creek Alumni Club, and as a volunteer coach for the St. Matthew’s running program.

The Citizen of the Year award honors outstanding individuals who have stepped up for their community. Previous recipients include Oak Creek’s first mayor Arthur Abendschein, former Water Utility director Don Ashbaugh, our first city engineer Richard Hay, and many other noteworthy individuals from our city’s rich history.  Last year we honored Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda for their heroic police work on Aug. 5, 2012 at the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek.

This award has been given out since 1960, and was started by the Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce, and was later handed off to the Oak Creek Community Center and the Citizen of the Year committee. Recipients are nominated by other members of the community and voted upon by all previous Citizen of the Year awardees.  As the honoree in 2009, I consider this award to be a significant achievement as it honors those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to our city through their volunteerism, service, and willingness to make our city a better place to live.

Ed was joined by his wife Yvonne, his son Evan and daughter Sally, as well as many other family members and neighbors at the banquet Sunday night at the Oak Creek Community Center.  Scholarships were also awarded to three Oak Creek High School seniors at the event in the name of the Citizen of the Year recipients. If you would like to nominate an individual for this award, the nomination process will be open for the 2015 Oak Creek Citizen of the Year in January of next year.

Thanks to Ed for setting a great example in the community!

Mayor Steve