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OAK CREEK - Alderman Dan Bukiewicz has been appointed by a unanimous common council vote to be Oak Creek's mayor until the April 2018 election.

"I'd like to thank the council for their belief and trust in me," Bukiewicz said following the March 7 vote. "I'm truly confident it will be business as usual."

Bukiewicz officially became mayor at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 8.

Regarding the future of Oak Creek, Bukiewicz said the city and staff "have a clear direction" and he expects everyone to continue to function as a team. He added that there have been some great leaders in Oak Creek's recent past and he hopes to help continue the city's forward momentum they pioneered.

There were a few options the council had to fill the vacant mayor position following Steve Scaffidi's resignation announced Feb. 21 to allow him to join WTMJ-AM 620 as a co-host of a radio show.

One of the options was to hold a special election in November. However, many council members said that option wouldn't serve the community well, because whoever was elected would only serve from November 2017 to April 2018, finishing Scaffidi's term.

Common Council President Ken Gehl initially suggested nominating Bukiewicz, saying he would be a "fine choice" and that he had expressed interest in potentially running for the position next year.

Bukiewicz confirmed his interest after the meeting, stating he has been mulling the idea of a mayoral run for a while.

Scaffidi officially left the office on March 3. Gehl, who called Scaffidi an "incredible champion of the city," served as acting mayor until Bukiewicz's appointment.

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