OAK CREEK - Among seven candidates, Greg Loreck was chosen to fill the District 2 alderman position on the Oak Creek common council.
Loreck is taking the seat formerly held by Dan Bukiewicz, who vacated the seat to take over as mayor following the resignation of Steve Scaffidi.
The council held interviews for all who applied at a special meeting April 10. One candidate dropped out after they applied and another didn't show up to the interview. The remaining five had 10 minutes to convince the council to select them.
During his interview, Loreck said he was looking for more ways to get involved and that he's excited for what's happening in Oak Creek right now. He noted there is a lot going on that is turning the city into a "destination," which he said is good, but he pledged to "protect residential areas people have come to love."
When asked what his response would be to a proposal that would be good for the city but bad for his district, Loreck said he would try to explain the nuances to his constituents, adding that communication is key. However, he acknowledged he also must represent what the residents in his district desire.
"As an alderman representing a specific district, I have to represent those people,” Loreck said. “I would ultimately support those people within the district.”
Loreck grew up on the south side of Milwaukee. After high school, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served five years out of state. He has an associate degree in fire science, using it while working for Paratech while remaining in the Coast Guard reserves.
He said he was recalled when the war in Iraq began.
Later, he received his bachelor's degree with an emphasis on finance. Eventually, he got his master's degree and got a job as a weights and measures inspector for Wisconsin.
A number of council members commented how it was nice to see this many qualified candidates apply for the position. Alderman Ken Gehl said the city struggles at times to get people to volunteer.
"It's great to see people with your backgrounds willing to step up," Gehl told the applicants.
Bukiewicz told those who weren't selected that Oak Creek offers a number of other opportunities to serve and suggested they look into how they could get involved.
“Go out celebrate Oak Creek and explore Oak Creek," he said.