Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Scott Ament Walker

More on this later, after I make some phone calls and pay some visits, but for now:
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker wants a 26% pay raise for his chief of staff, former Ald. Tom Nardelli, while bypassing traditional County Board approval in quietly issuing large pay raises over the summer to several other top aides.

Nardelli would get the biggest pay increase of top-tier county officials, a nearly $20,000 raise to $95,000 a year. Seven county administrators also scored increases of up to 12.5%.

Some supervisors are upset about being left out of the decision-making process for many of the raises and say Walker's timing couldn't be worse. Heavily rewarding a few top managers while Walker puts final touches on a 2009 budget that's expected to call for scores of layoffs of union workers sends a message of callous disregard, critics of the raises say.

Among the other big winners among Walker's top aides was Mitchell International Airport Director Barry Bateman. His pay rises $13,595, or 11%, to $136,299 a year. Facilities Management Director Jack Takerian got an $11,771 (12.5%) raise, to nearly $106,000.

What a frickin' hypocritical weasel! I am really starting to think that James Rowen might be on to something.


  1. Hey! Sykes, get on this one! Mr. watchdog of area politicians...what is Walker, TONE DEAF? How can he raise salaries 25% when we are in this economic crisis. Taxpayers WON'T STAND FOR IT. TO ARMS! TO ARMS! Let's hold a meeting!

    Come on Sykes...ATTACK!
    GO GET 'em BOY! What's with these Milwaukee politicians! Why don't we vote them out? RECALL! RECALL! Give him the Lee Hollaway treatment SYKES! Call him names! Insult everybody who ever voted for or carried water for this guy!

    Oh wait, Walker is a buddy of Sykes? A "friend of the show"? A Republican?....


    -s and b-

  2. Nyah, nyah. I don't live in Milwaukee County.

    Oh wait, I live in Waukesha County. Aaargh.

  3. I listened to Sykes all morning, every breathing is shallow, I am sweating, heartbeat barely discernable, temperature rising, i.q. and respiration have joined hands in a suicide dive...

    ...he had plenty of time for a hard hitting expose on how one table of Obama supporters failing to leave a tip at a restaurant clearly indicates how cheap all liberals are...

    ...But no time for a word on Walker raising the salarys of his "management team" by amounts up to 26% as the economy sinks and taxpayers are expected to do more with less...

    ...If only Charlene Harden had voted to do this...THEN it would be a story...