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Steve was first elected as 3rd District Alderman in 2009, and re-elected in 2011. In April of 2011, he was also selected unanimously as Common Council President, a position he gave up when he was elected Mayor on April 3rd, 2012. He is a graduate of Oak Creek High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Steve worked in media research for the Nielsen Company for 28 years as a Field Manager, until he was elected Mayor. He has been married to his wife Kathleen, who is a teacher at Oak Creek High School and MATC, for 27 years. He has two daughters, Katherine and Christina, and a son-in-law Brandon.
What is unique about the City of Oak Creek?
“Oak Creek is one of the fastest growing communities in Wisconsin, and I think that emphasizes the uniqueness of what we have to offer here. We have a tremendous mix of housing options, we’re close to both Chicago and Milwaukee, and have an unlimited potential for both residential and business development. We have three significant parcels in our city which will transform our city in the future. Our lakefront, 260 acres adjacent to Lake Michigan and Bender Park, offers unlimited options for green space, residential, and commercial uses for many years to come. The former Delphi site, now called Drexel Town Square, will be the future site of the City Hall and Library, and well as other mixed uses that promise to re-define how our city is viewed in the region. The third piece is the proposed Oakwood/Howell Business Park which promises to bring additional family-sustaining jobs to our city, and could eventually host new technology and water-based industries, key to our long-term economic success.”
Why did you choose to run for Mayor?
“I ran for Mayor because I believe our city needs a leader who can communicate the ideas and concerns of the community they represent. Oak Creek is a city transitioning from a rural, suburban community to a leading player in the economic growth and development of southeastern Wisconsin. Recently Governor Walker has made several trips to our city, and on each of those visits he has emphasized the key role we will play in moving the State forward. With a new interchange at Drexel Avenue, we are poised to host many new businesses, and the jobs those businesses represent. I will continue to find better ways to engage our residents, through social media and other digital technologies, to make sure that we are listening, and responding to, our residents at all times.”« Return to Meet Our Staff