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Oak Creek Council Appoints New Member

Jim Ruetz fills the seat formerly held by Steve Scaffidi. He's a 26-year resident and business owner.

Oak Creek resident Jim Ruetz has been appointed to fill the term of Steve Scaffidi as alderman of the city's 3rd District.

Ruetz, president and general manager of Franksville-based All Fasteners, won the appointment over four other candidates who applied and interviewed before the Oak Creek Common Council Monday night.

Ruetz is a 26-year Oak Creek resident who has served on the Community Development Authority for the past nine years, as well as city task forces related to marketing and the 27th Street corridor. He has previously run for county supervisor and state Assembly.

He said in his work at All Fasteners, where he is also a part-owner, he has helped handle a multi-million dollar budget. He has served on a number of boards and associations in which he gained more budgetary experience, he said.

He told the council in the interview that attracting and maintaining good businesses, keeping Oak Creek affordable and making good use of the city's resources are his priorities.

"I want to see the city grow and prosper and I want it to be a place where my children can raise their family some day," he said.

Former alderman and Delphi worker Fred Siepert, attorney Amy Burger, letter carrier Richard Muza and Menomonee Falls fire lieutenant Kevin Rokenbrodt also applied for the seat.

Ruetz fills the term of Scaffidi, who vacated the seat when he was elected mayor. The term expires in the April 2013 elections.

In an interview with Patch afterward, Ruetz said the 11-month term doesn't leave time for a lofty agenda, but he hopes he can connect with residents of the district.

"I want to make sure that the constituents know they're represented, and really reach out to as many of the constituents as I can," he said.

"Because of the projects we have going on, like Drexel Town Square, I'm very excited."

Patriot May 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM
If these people were honestly representing their constituents, they would not have taken the votes in the shadows of darkness behind closed doors the day before the elections. But rather put this stuff out as a referendum!! But knowing as a referendum the people of this City would not have approved the New Town Center it was done behind closed doors
Mark Schaaf May 15, 2012 at 01:03 PM
what vote are you talking about? This appointment happened last night.
ConcernedCitizen May 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Why does Ruetz live in Oak Creek but has his business in Franksville????
Patriot May 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Im speaking of the votes that took place the night prior to the elections. Many concerned OC citizens wanted to know why the votes dealing with the Delphi project had to be taken the night before the election. Why it was not put up as a referendum
Mark Schaaf May 15, 2012 at 06:15 PM
that's fine, but if we could try to keep these comments on topic a little bit better I would appreciate it.
James Ruetz May 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I was born and raised in Racine where my family has been for over 150 years. The business was founded in 1962. My wife and I moved to Oak Creek in 1982 and have lived in Oak Creek 26 years since then. I would have loved to have our business in Oak Creek as I now consider Oak Creek my home since I've now lived in the OC longer than I have in the Racine area. Unfortunately moving the business to OC wasn't an option. Jim R
Patriot May 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Congrats Mr Ruetz. I really hope you will listen to your constituents when it comes to making major decisions that have an affect on all of us.
vocal local 1 July 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Ditto Patriot, I also hope he reads the agenda and supporting documents prior to the meetings.

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