Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Luther releases memo criticizing Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima

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City of Waukesha Administrator Lori Luther released a memo today that was sent to city of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima regarding his purchase of books from a publisher, Gary Lato, who was a Scrima mayoral campaign contributor and is a contributor to Scrima’s “New Day in Waukesha” fund. I have uploaded the memo to my site for anyone to read.

The book, Sequencing: Deciphering Your Company’s DNA by Michael Metzger, was assigned by Scrima to city staff as a reading assignment. The city’s Police Chief Russell Jack objected to being assigned because Jack thought the book contained several code words referencing Metzger’s religious ideas.

Luther’s memo says that Jack is not the only department head to raise an objection to the book being assigned, but that Jack was the only one willing to bring the objection to Scrima for fear of retaliation. Given the criticism of Jack by Scrima and Scrima’s dwindling number of supporters, if the department heads did fear the mayor’s reaction they had good reason to do so.

The memo from Luther to Scrima also raises concerns about the ethical implications of doing favors for contributors, such as promoting a publisher’s book, and whether Scrima’s actions place the city at risk of a lawsuit. Luther points to the successful suit against Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke as a precedent.

Links:

Memo 4’29 Luther

My Waukesha Freeman newspaper column.

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