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Bolender Will Not Seek Re-Election

Oak Creek mayor will retire when term ends in April.

Oak Creek Mayor Dick Bolender confirmed this afternoon that he will not run for re-election this spring.

"I've been mayor for three terms and served one year as alderman. Ten years in public service is enough," he said. "I had a very good time. I'm very proud of the fact that the people elected me three times. I'm very humbled by that. I can't thank them enough."

Bolender said it was a tough decision for him to make because "there's still so much to do." For one, the redevelopment of the Delphi site has been one of his main focuses over the last year and is .

However, he also said it won't be hard for him to watch the city's proceedings from a distance because he's confident that residents will elect a mayor who will keep Oak Creek moving forward. He also has things he wants to accomplish in his personal life, which will be easier to do if he doesn't have any obligations as mayor.

"I have absolutely no problem walking away from this," Bolender said. "There's a time to move on.

"The city of Oak Creek has a great future. We can't be afraid of it. We've got to keep moving forward."

The news was first reported by MyCommunityNOW.

So far, Alderman Steve Scaffidi is the only person to have publicly announced his intentions to run for the seat. Scaffidi said he would run regardless of Bolender's decision.

Scaffidi praised Bolender in a phone interview today, noting his work in bringing in new development that residents wanted, getting Bucyrus (now Caterpillar) to move its corporate offices to Oak Creek and moving forward on the Delphi redevelopment project.

"He has a lot of significant achievements," Scaffidi said.

The general election will be held on April 3, 2012. Candidates have until Jan. 3 to file paperwork to get on the ballot.

Down in OC December 09, 2011 at 10:21 PM
You tell her, Sharon!
vocal local 1 December 10, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Sharon, you should have answered my question. Your failure to take the time indicates you can't find one instance in which Dick acted in the best interest of the city. Yes, I fully understand the Mayor only votes to break a council tie. Are you talking about the tie he broke relating to tuition reimbursement for non-union employees? When his son went to personnel (Toman) requesting assistance with his tuition? The mayor broke the tie so his son could attend Marquette to obtain his bachelors and masters degrees. I remind you his son earns over eighty grand a year on the taxpayers dime, doesn't live in the city and doesn't contribute to our tax base. We turned it over to the state ethics committee who determined because the son did not live at home and was not supported by father that no violation of ethics occurred.
I Love OC December 11, 2011 at 07:03 PM
For those of you who posted these cruel and mean spirited comments…please realize your words are among the last words our mayor would have read before dying. And I think that’s really sad. We need to learn how to disagree without being so disagreeable. Who would want to be mayor of our city when we voice our opinions with so much disrespect?.
OC Mom December 11, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I completely agree with "I Love OC". It is truly a tragedy to lose someone so dedicated to his community and his family. Regardless of how you felt about the job he did as mayor, as human beings we should be able to express our opinions without personal attacks and name-calling. I hope that moving forward people will continue to express their feelings and ideas without hurtful and demeaning. My deepest sympathy and prayers go the whole Bolender family.
Mark Schaaf December 11, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Very well said and on note it seems like a good time to close comments on this story. Please head over to the story on the main page to share your memories of Mayor Bolender.

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