Tom Barrett steps down as Milwaukee mayor to grow to be Luxembourg ambassador | WUWM 89.7 FM

Tom Barrett is about to resign as mayor of Milwaukee Wednesday at 5 p.m., after 17 years on the job.

Barrett will take the oath of workplace as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg Thursday morning. Barrett’s appointment to the submit was confirmed by the Senate final week.

At a press occasion Wednesday, Barrett mentioned serving as Milwaukee’s mayor was each the toughest and most rewarding job he’s ever had.

“I need to thank the residents of town of Milwaukee for giving me the almost 18 years of the most important honor and privilege of my life,” Barrett mentioned. “I’ve completely liked being the mayor of this nice metropolis.”

Trying again at his tenure, Barrett mentioned he was happy with housing and enterprise improvement, together with within the Menomonee Valley. He touted town’s work in decreasing homicides previous to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That every one modified final 12 months, the 12 months the pandemic began,” Barrett mentioned. “And surely, Milwaukee — as with many main American cities — has seen a resurgence of violence since 2020 started. And that is a matter, that’s an enormous concern, there’s no query. And I believe that’s a problem going ahead.”

The following mayor will face that problem.

Milwaukee Widespread Council President Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson is appearing mayor for the subsequent few months.

Johnson will vie for the everlasting place in opposition to a minimum of seven other candidates. The Widespread Council is assembly Thursday morning to schedule the mayoral vote for the spring election on April 5 with a major to slim the sphere on February 15.

As for Barrett’s plans, he mentioned he expects to maneuver to Luxembourg in January. He and his spouse plan to maintain their house on the west aspect of Milwaukee.

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