Village president won't seek re-election
Jaberg stepping down after six years; Krueger wants job
BROWN DEER - Village President Margaret Jaberg will not seek re-election in April. Jaberg announced her decision at a Village Board meeting Dec. 18.
"I threw my hat in the ring six years ago," she said. "This year I am taking back the hat."
Following Jaberg's announcement, Trustee Carl Krueger said he would run to fill her spot.
For Jaberg, the decision to retire to private life was emotional, but correct.
"It is a good time to turn things over," she said, noting that many projects she started are being completed, while other initiatives and decisions are looming on the horizon.
Balancing a full plate
When she ran for office six years ago, she had three goals, rebuilding a relationship with the school district, building a new beach house and filling the empty store fronts in the village.
The beach house is under construction, the village and district have enjoyed six years of cooperation in a number of areas, and both the Bradley and Brown Deer road areas are home to new businesses or in the process of being redeveloped.
With her eyes filling with tears and her voice choking with emotion, Jaberg said she believes she had helped lay a solid platform on which the village can move forward. Hiring a new village attorney and creating a Community Development Department have helped create that foundation, she said.
Although moving on has an element of sadness, Jaberg also showed the humor and spirit evident in her tenure.
"I didn't run (the first time) because I wanted to be village president when I was a kid growing up," she told the board.
Jaberg has served as president of the North Shore Fire Department board of directors for the past two years and as president of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, made up of the municipal leaders of Milwaukee County.
Her ICC duties led to her decision to call it a day.
"(Last year) 2005 was just awful with all the lawsuits and issues," she said.
Three times in the past year she has asked another municipal leader to step forward and take on the ICC position but there were no takers.
Trustees praised Jaberg.
"We will suffer a big loss in your absence," Trustee Terry Boschert said.
"You have done a phenomenal job in putting the village name out there in a positive way," Trustee Gary Springman said.
Krueger, 59, owns Carl Krueger Construction Inc. in Milwaukee. He has lived in the village since 1976.
Krueger served on the Plan Commission before running for office in 2002.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is a 1970 graduate of the Wisconsin Military Academy and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve through 1973. He has been the past president of St. Catherine of Alexandrias Religious Education program and is the past treasurer of the Knights of Columbus Council 6646.
Krueger said he is training employees to take over his business when he retires and will be cutting back his involvement gradually over the next few years.
"The village needs people who are active and involved in the community and I believe I am," he said. "I have been very successful (in my business) the last 15 years and I would like to give something back to the community."
Krueger will have one year remaining on his current three-year term as trustee.
The village president serves a three-year term and earns $3,000 a year.
Anyone interested in running for office in the April election can get nomination papers at Village Hall, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive, during normal business hours. Papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.
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