Write-in voters convince him to remain a trustee
He made it clear he had done his time, but Mike Krocka’s constituents made it clear they wanted him to stay.
After a little more than a week to think about it, Krocka informed the village he would stay on for what will be an eighth two-year term.
His trustee seat had no candidates emerge, despite his retirement announcement. Subsequently, 24 voters wrote in his name on the ballot during the April 4 election, which represented the highest total.
“I didn’t want to leave the village empty handed,” Krocka said on Friday. “My mind-set will be the same as in the past — to keep the village going forward.”
The news came as a relief to Village President Barb Dickmann, who was facing the possibility of having to appoint a successor. She said she had preliminary conversations with a couple of residents who may have had an interest, but “nothing was officially discussed,” she said.
Meanwhile, she welcomes Krocka back with open arms.
“Mike is a seasoned board member and I know he has some family concerns but we’ll benefit from having him for as long as he wants to do it,” she said. “And the citizens wanted him. He’s a major asset and his heart truly is in Saukville.”
And Krocka’s eye will be on growth.
“We have a TIF (tax-incremental financing) district behind Piggly Wiggly I want to see come to life and some residential property on the west side (on Highway 33, next to Living Hope Church) I’d like to see resurrected,” he said. “Those are probably my biggest goals.”
Dawn Wagner, the village administrator, echoed Dickmann’s praise of Krocka.
“The Village of Saukville is very fortunate to have a person like Mike Krocka who is willing to serve the Saukville community with such dedication,” she said. “Mike has been a real asset to our Village Board and the committees on which he serves.
“We all look forward to continuing this strong working relationship with him.”