Joe Dudzik was an alderman on the Milwaukee Common Council. He represented the city’s 11th District. Dudzik, 56, was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on W. Morgan Ave. the night of May 21st, 2015. The alderman is survived by his wife, Lynn, and two sons, Jake and Jeffrey.
Joe Dudzik was an outspoken member of the Milwaukee Common Council. He routinely spoke openly about why he was about to vote the way he did. Dudzik frequently asked questions of applicants during his time on the license committee.
Dudzik was first elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in a 2002 special election. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Prior to this election he served more than 20 years in the city’s Department of Public Works. During that time he was Vice President of AFSCME District Council 48.
In September of 2013, Alderman Dudzik was involved in the apprehension of two bank robbers when he pursued them in his truck and ultimately on foot as they fled North Shore Bank at 4230 W. Oklahoma Ave.
The southwest side alderman created controversy during the Milwaukee Streetcar debate with radio comments suggesting that “there’s going to be a couple of assaults, or maybe a rape or a shooting on one of these streetcars and the millennials who claim they are going to be riding this thing are going to be nowhere to be seen, and we’re going to be stuck with the ongoing maintenance cost forever… And I don’t want to make it a racial thing, but you look at what happened to Northridge, you look at what happened to Southridge, I believe that — or not Southridge, to ah, ah Grand Avenue Mall — I believe those same things will happen to the streetcar.”
In early 2015, Dudzik had proposed an ordinance to effectively ban food trucks from his district. That district was defeated at the full council, despite passing committee.
Official City Biography
Alderman Joe Dudzik has been a resident of Milwaukee’s 11th District for 48 of his 50 years. Alderman Dudzik has a strong background in city government and community involvement. He also served for more than 20 years in the city’s Department of Public Works.
Elected in a special election on April 2, 2002, Alderman Dudzik won his first elected office and continues to serve as 11th District alderman after winning his seat again in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
He founded and has served as chair of the Euclid Park Neighborhood Association, and also served as treasurer of the Crime Prevention Neighborhood Advisory Council for the 6th Police District. His work in the community has included service as a volunteer for the Special Olympics, as a youth softball and soccer coach and as an instructor at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
Alderman Dudzik has strong ties to organized labor. He was vice president/trustee of Local 47 of AFSCME District Council 48, was a delegate of Milwaukee County Labor Council and is a member of the Milwaukee Municipal Engineers Association. He graduated from Hamilton High School and attended UW-Madison, UW-Waukesha and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Alderman Dudzik and his wife Lynn are members of St. Matthias Parish and have two sons, Jake and Jeffrey.
Alderman Dudzik currently serves on the Licenses Committee and the Finance and Personnel Committee.
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