Retired Newburg official steps in to be mentor for Brueker
Town of Saukville officials have found a short-term and a long-term solution to filling the vacant town clerk position.
The Town Board met in special session last Thursday, hiring retired Village of Newburg clerk Bill Cording as interim town clerk. He had been the village clerk for 20 years.
“Bill’s got vast experience in elections and will at least see us through the Aug. 12 primary election,” said Town Chairman Don Hamm.
“As the clerk in Newburg, he dealt with the folks in Washington and Ozaukee counties, which will help knowing exactly what the county wants on election day.”
At the last Town Board meeting, Ozaukee County Clerk Julie Winkelhorst said she was concerned that the August primary election was approaching without the town having an experienced clerk.
Cording will serve as the mentor for Naomi Brueker, who was hired as clerk during last week’s special meeting.
Both were expected to start at Town Hall this week.
“For the first couple of weeks, we expected Naomi to be Bill’s understudy, learning from him on the job,” Hamm said.
“He will be on hand to assess her progress and determine whether she is ready to handle the November election.”
Brueker will be considered a deputy clerk until Cording deems she is ready for the clerk’s position. Before that happens, she will need to be trained to meet state expectations of a municipal clerk.
Hamm said there were five applicants for the clerk position which became available when Susan Churchill resigned last month.
“There were a number of really good applicants who would have done well, but Naomi really stood out. She has the organizational abilities and people skills that are important for the position of clerk,” Hamm said.
“This is the kind of job where you have to have a lot of different skills and I think she is going to be exactly what we were looking for.”
Brueker worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Milwaukee before making a career change and earning her teaching degree. She most recently worked as a long-term substitute teacher at Saukville Elementary School.
Brueker is a resident of the Village of Saukville.
As clerk, she will be working 20 hours a week.
Eventually, Hamm said he would like to have the clerk available to residents at least one evening a week.
“That’s not something we are going to start for the first couple of months, at least. We want her to be around when Bill is in the office, so she can learn the ropes from him,” he said.
With the clerk’s position now covered, the town has just one vacancy to fill.
Letters of interest and resumes are being accepted until Aug. 9 from town residents interested in serving the remainder of Kate Smallish’s term as town supervisor.
Smallish stepped down from the Town Board earlier this month, making her resignation effective July 31.
Applications can be dropped off at Town Hall, 3762 Lakeland Dr., or e-mailed to Hamm at
The unexpired term runs through April 2015.
When an appointment is made, it will mean only one member of the three-person Town Board will have been chosen by town electors.
Hamm was appointed chairman after Barb Jobs resigned in May.