Mayor Offers Full-Time Commitment to City
Though his position is just a part-time gig, Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada has left his full-time job to focus his ambitions on making the city better.
After 10 years of working for St. Monica School & Parish in Whitefish Bay, Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada has resigned from his position in order to focus more attention on making what he often calls Port's "quality of life" better.
"My intent is try to do the best that I can, to really match the full-time commitment of all our staff … and really enhance the quality of life," he said. "There's a lot to do ... there's a lot to help move forward — I do feel privileged to be at this place at this time," Mlada said.
Mlada, who also has three young daughters at home as well as a adult son, said he has enjoyed his time leading the city so far, and looks forward to the opportunities that await him.
"It has been truly the most enjoayble 8 months of my life in terms of serving this community," he said. While leaving his position gives him a lot more time to spend working on improving the city, that does not mean the city asked him to be a full-time mayor.
Earlier in January, that topic did arise on Patch after resident Rik Kluessendorf questioned whether adding a full-time mayor to the city would help fuel the economy.
"This city wants to thrive, but just hasn't figured out how to do so," he wrote in his blog on Patch's Local Voices. "We have a very active Main Street organization, but even that has not done the trick. Our downtown just can't seem to get over the hump to be the bustling center of activity that it should be. Worse, the city hasn't invested nearly as much effort in any other part of town recently."
Residents reacted to the column with mixed feelings — but many agreed with the lacking economic atmosphere and the city's inability to make it better.
"I get a little depressed when I drive past the empty car dealership on Spring Street," Robert B. wrote on the blog. "The 'For Sale or Lease' signs on the land west of Sentry have been there so long they've probably needed to be replaced for being out in the elements. And the strip mall next to Sentry? A little depressing there, too."
The mayor earns $7,500 and serves a three-year term.