Former Saukville engineer tight-lipped on issues while running for village president and trustee
Roy Wilhelm, Saukville‚Äôs former village engineer and public works director, insists there is no hidden agenda behind his multiple bids for elected office in the Tuesday, April 7 election.
Wilhelm‚Äôs name will appear on the ballot as a candidate for village president and village trustee.
He is challenging incumbent Barb Dickmann for the president‚Äôs post, an office she has held since 2003.
Three incumbent trustees are also seeking re-election. They are Mike Krocka, Dave Maglio and Joe Caban.
Wilhelm, 56, of 530 S. Colonial Pkwy., parted ways with the village last year after 17 years as engineer and director of public works.
The Village Board deliberations about the elimination of Wilhelm‚Äôs positions were handled in closed session, and he said he does not intend to make that separation an issue in the upcoming election.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the direction they wanted to go, and I‚Äôve moved on,‚ÄĚ Wilhelm said.
‚ÄúThe reason I decided to seek office is I still care about the community. This is America and I think it is our patriotic duty to give back to our communities.‚ÄĚ
Wilhelm likened his duo-bid for elected office to hedging his bet, adding that if the voters choose him for both the president and trustee positions, he would opt for the village‚Äôs top office.
‚ÄúI would be happy to be elected to either office,‚ÄĚ he said.
Wilhelm would not talk about specific changes he would like to see in the way the village goes about business until he is elected.
‚ÄúWhy would I give away my ideas? If I am elected, I will be heard from,‚ÄĚ he said.
Instead, Wilhelm referred to a prepared mission statement that he said is the essence of his rationale for seeking office.
Wilhelm said he would like ‚Äúto dust off the Kettl Commission recommendations of 1999-2000 created under former Gov. Tommy Thompson for combined sharing of services with towns, villages, cities, school districts and county governments.‚ÄĚ
The need for government collaboration has only grown in the intervening years, he said.
Asked if he would be able to work with incumbent officials and staff if elected, Wilhelm said, ‚Äúabsolutely ‚Ä¶ I only want what is best for the village.‚ÄĚ
While working for the village, he served on the Plan Commission and the Cemetery Commission.
Wilhelm grew up in the West Bend area and holds bachelor of science degrees in natural science and civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a master‚Äôs degree in agricultural science.
He is a licensed engineer and a certified Wisconsin building inspector.
Dickmann, 68, of 115 Friendship La., was first elected as a village trustee in 1999, and has been village president for the past 12 years.
‚ÄúI seek re-election because our work isn‚Äôt finished,‚ÄĚ Dickmann said.
‚ÄúI believe I would continue to be a great village president for Saukville as I still have passion for growing the community in a sustainable and balanced direction. In addition, I love the financial part of this work, making sure each tax dollar is spent wisely and for the right reasons ‚Ä¶ keeping the taxpayer as the priority.‚ÄĚ
Dickmann said the village has held the line on property taxes, in part through such moves as restructuring the village staff and sharing services with surrounding communities.
The village has contracted with the Village of Grafton staff for most inspection services, and now contracts with an outside engineering firm when technical advice is needed.
Dickmann also pointed to steps taken to modernize the police and utility departments, and the village‚Äôs leadership in supporting such community events as the Live at the Triangle music series and the weekly farmers markets.
As village president, she serves as chairman of the Plan Commission, Community Development Authority and the Finance Committee.
Dickmann is retired after working for 30 years as an office manager at Manpower Inc. Prior to that, she worked for 15 years at Port Washington State Bank.
Dickmann has her own pottery business and is an aquatics instructor at the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville.
Dickmann has also held leadership positions with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Mid-Moraine Municipal Association.
She grew up in Port Washington and moved to Saukville in 1992.
Dickmann said her tenure in office shows voters what her strengths are.
‚ÄúI can offer strong leadership and organizational skills,‚ÄĚ she said.
Krocka, 59, 345 Colonial Pkwy., who works at Construction Forms in Port Washington, is seeking his seventh term on the Village Board.
Caban, 46, 108 S. Mayfair Dr., a network administrator for Vollrath Co. in Sheboygan, and Maglio, 49, who retired this week as a patrol deputy with the Ozaukee County Sheriff‚Äôs Department, are both seeking their fourth terms on the board.