Personnel File

Joe Dudzik

Ald. Joe Dudzik.

Ald. Joe Dudzik.

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.

The alderman was a graduate of Milwaukee Public SchoolsHamilton High School and had attended UW-Madison, UW-Waukesha and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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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Murphy’s Law: The Fire Fighters’ Selfish Agenda
Murphy’s Law

The Fire Fighters’ Selfish Agenda

The union’s backing of Barrett recall is all about driving up their wages and benefits.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Food Trucks Banned On Brady Street
Eyes on Milwaukee

Food Trucks Banned On Brady Street

Council okays ban request by business improvement district. Mayor must approve.

Murphy’s Law: County Pension Scandal Poster Boys
Murphy’s Law

County Pension Scandal Poster Boys

Six veterans seeking re-election voted for infamous pension plan that ripped off taxpayers.

Meet the Republican Candidate for Mayor, Bob Donovan
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Meet the Republican Candidate for Mayor, Bob Donovan

Instead of actually helping to make Milwaukee a safer place to live, Donovan has voted against increasing law enforcement officers four times in recent years.

Plenty of Horne: Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski
Plenty of Horne

Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski

Should challenger win, would be only military veteran on Common Council.

Murphy’s Law: The Lonely Journey of Mark Borkowski
Murphy’s Law

The Lonely Journey of Mark Borkowski

New alderman’s crazed comments leave him only (and barely) the police union's support.

Murphy’s Law: Does Milwaukee Need More Police?
Murphy’s Law

Does Milwaukee Need More Police?

Mayoral candidate Bob Donovan thinks so. How does this city compare to others?

Convicted alderman returns to politics as unpaid campaign adviser
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Convicted alderman returns to politics as unpaid campaign adviser

Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies
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Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies

Common Council President Michael J. Murphy announces committee changes
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Common Council President Michael J. Murphy announces committee changes

Alderman Borkowski, who won the August 18 special election, was appointed by President Murphy to the Community and Economic Development Committee.

Memorial walk, stone dedication to honor Alderman Joe Dudzik
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Memorial walk, stone dedication to honor Alderman Joe Dudzik

A memorial neighborhood walk and stepping stone dedication will be held on Saturday, August 29.

Mark Borkowski wins special aldermanic election
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Mark Borkowski wins special aldermanic election

House Confidential: Mark Borkowski’s Quaint Ranch Home
House Confidential

Mark Borkowski’s Quaint Ranch Home

County supervisor lives in suburban-style area at edge of Greenfield but wants to be alderman.

Murphy’s Law: The Strange Politics of Anti-Streetcar-ites
Murphy’s Law

The Strange Politics of Anti-Streetcar-ites

So when is that referendum coming, and where are those aldermanic opponents?

Plenty of Horne: Race for Dudzik’s Seat Could Get Heated
Plenty of Horne

Race for Dudzik’s Seat Could Get Heated

Will anti-streetcar group get involved? And did Journal Sentinel exaggerate the number of candidates?

President Murphy to take Council committee seats
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President Murphy to take Council committee seats

“In the wake of the sudden and tragic passing of Alderman Dudzik, until further notice I will assume the seats on the Public Safety and Finance and Personnel committees that he very ably held.”

President Murphy calls for special election for 11th District Council seat
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President Murphy calls for special election for 11th District Council seat

News release from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy

Mix of intensity, loyalty and devotion helped define Ald. Joe Dudzik
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Mix of intensity, loyalty and devotion helped define Ald. Joe Dudzik

Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton May 22, 2015

South Side loses a true public servant
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South Side loses a true public servant

Statement of Alderman Terry L. Witkowski May 22, 2015

Alderman Dudzik had passion, devotion as a public servant
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Alderman Dudzik had passion, devotion as a public servant

Statement from Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II May 22, 2015

Joe Dudzik was a blue-collar leader, a quintessential Milwaukeean
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Joe Dudzik was a blue-collar leader, a quintessential Milwaukeean

Statement of Alderman Jim Bohl May 22, 2015

Statement from Dir. Claire Zautke regarding the passing of Ald. Joe Dudzik
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Statement from Dir. Claire Zautke regarding the passing of Ald. Joe Dudzik

"I'm saddened by the death of Alderman Joe Dudzik. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time."

Ald. Dudzik Killed in Motorcycle Crash
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Ald. Dudzik Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Mourning the loss of a dedicated, respected colleague
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Mourning the loss of a dedicated, respected colleague

Statement of Alderman Robert W. Puente May 22, 2015

Alderman Joe Dudzik: A life well-lived
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Alderman Joe Dudzik: A life well-lived

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 22, 2015

Supervisor Mark Borkowski Sends Condolences and Prayers to Dudzik Family
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Supervisor Mark Borkowski Sends Condolences and Prayers to Dudzik Family

“He Was a Good Friend. He Will Be Dearly Missed”

The loss of a dedicated public servant, south-sider and family man
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The loss of a dedicated public servant, south-sider and family man

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 22, 2015

The passing of Alderman Joe Dudzik
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The passing of Alderman Joe Dudzik

Statement of Alderman José G. Pérez May 22, 2015

Alderman Joe Dudzik’s passing marks a very sad day in Milwaukee
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Alderman Joe Dudzik’s passing marks a very sad day in Milwaukee

Mayor Barrett's Statement on Alderman Joe Dudzik

City loses a dedicated public servant in Alderman Joe Dudzik
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City loses a dedicated public servant in Alderman Joe Dudzik

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy May 22, 2015

Deadly crash was no accident
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Deadly crash was no accident

Statement from Alderman Joe Dudzik February 23, 2015

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Streetcar Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Streetcar Approved

After years of debate, streetcar will finally move forward. Final engineering will begin immediately, and construction by the end of the year.

Rep. Zepnick Says Ald. Donovan Owes Milwaukee an Apology
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Rep. Zepnick Says Ald. Donovan Owes Milwaukee an Apology

"I I hope Bob Donovan does the right thing and stands with the rest of Milwaukee who do not want a public infrastructure debate going into the toilet of racial and fear-mongering tactics."

Ald. Puente Responds to Ald. Dudzik’s Comments
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Ald. Puente Responds to Ald. Dudzik’s Comments

Statement from Alderman Robert W. Puente January 26, 2015

Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks
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Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support

Eleven out of 15 aldermanic districts, and 76 percent of all respondents support the proposed streetcar starter system.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Approved, but Held
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Approved, but Held

Large majority votes to approve streetcar, but parliamentary maneuver puts issue on hold until February 10th meeting.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Delays Streetcar Until January
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Delays Streetcar Until January

Minority of aldermen were able to use city charter provision to delay project for one month, but a majority seems poised to approve it.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar

If Common Council approves at December 16 meeting, construction would start in late 2015, and Milwaukee would follow in footsteps of many other cities.

Photo Gallery: 51st Veterans Day Parade
Photo Gallery

51st Veterans Day Parade

Every branch of the service was represented, along with politicians, ROTC students, debutantes, Hmong police officers and military canines.

Murphy’s Law: Why Bob Donovan Can’t Beat Barrett
Murphy’s Law

Why Bob Donovan Can’t Beat Barrett

No alderman will back him. Why he’s so disliked -- and so certain to lose.

Join Ald. Dudzik and Mayor Barrett for a Neighborhood walk
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Join Ald. Dudzik and Mayor Barrett for a Neighborhood walk

Alderman Joe Dudzik will be joined by Mayor Tom Barrett for a neighborhood walk in the 11th Aldermanic District on Thursday, August 21, as part of the “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” initiative launched by the Mayor earlier this summer.

Eyes on Milwaukee: We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!
Eyes on Milwaukee

We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!

Common Council members all complain about the TIF for Boston Store, then pass it 11-3.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

Under new configuration, Finance and Personnel Committee will continue precedent of fiscal responsibility
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Under new configuration, Finance and Personnel Committee will continue precedent of fiscal responsibility

I would like to thank Common Council President Michael Murphy for entrusting me with the responsibility of chairing the City of Milwaukee’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Plenty of Horne: Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments
Plenty of Horne

Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments

The changes aren't radical but big winner is Ald. Kovac, who becomes chair of Finance and vice-chair of Steering and Rules.

Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments
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Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments

President Murphy has appointed Alderman Nik Kovac to succeed him as the new chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Betting on the Common Council
Eyes on Milwaukee

Betting on the Common Council

Haven't got your fix with the Super Bowl? Gamble with friends on who will be the next council president.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Veterans Day Parade
Photo Gallery

2013 Veterans Day Parade

Politicians, patriotism and marching bands on parade, all captured in our photos.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Strip Club Coming to Downtown?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Strip Club Coming to Downtown?

City committee rules against exotic nightclub on Old World Third, then seems to open door to a location across from Bradley Center.

Priorities and services maintained in Council-approved 2014 budget
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Priorities and services maintained in Council-approved 2014 budget

The 2014 amended city budget approved today by the Milwaukee Common Council addresses key priorities and maintains quality city services at current levels.

Bank where robbery took place to host community safety forum
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Bank where robbery took place to host community safety forum

Alderman Dudzik, who played role in nabbing suspects, to take part in event

Milwaukee Alderman Helps Police Chase Bank Robbery Suspects
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Milwaukee Alderman Helps Police Chase Bank Robbery Suspects

King Drive Owner Under Fire, Taxpayers Could Lose $212,000

King Drive Owner Under Fire, Taxpayers Could Lose $212,000

Ald. Coggs assails company for promising local grocery and leasing to Dollar Tree instead.

Hypocrisy alive and well in the 8th District
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Hypocrisy alive and well in the 8th District

Statement of Alderman Joe Dudzik May 31. 2013

Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik
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Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik

Dear residents, The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that’s of critical importance to our future. Since 1938, Milwaukee has required all city employees to live within its municipal boundaries. The residency requirement has helped maintain a strong middle class in our neighborhoods, bolstered property values and ensured that municipal employees live […]

Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address

Monday, February 25, 2013, Pritzlaff Building

Plenty of Horne: School Switcheroo?
Plenty of Horne

School Switcheroo?

Maryland Avenue Montessori might swap buildings with Cass Street School. And poor Sweet Water's building is available for lease.

Ald. Dudzik: Streetcar utility concerns are nothing new
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Ald. Dudzik: Streetcar utility concerns are nothing new

I am absolutely sure this same information, and even maps of potentially problematic utilities, were available to Alderman Donovan.

Stunned by bribe allegation, Milwaukee panel rejects liquor license
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Stunned by bribe allegation, Milwaukee panel rejects liquor license

Tragedy in Oak Creek
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Tragedy in Oak Creek

Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

Some aldermen want to dump DCD head Rocky Marcoux, but Mayor Barrett disagrees.

Statement on hearing regarding MPD crime statistics
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Statement on hearing regarding MPD crime statistics

To his credit, Chief Flynn put together an impressive presentation yesterday. The police department apparently reviewed more than 34,000 crime reports.

Common Council to Mull Audit of MPD Crime-Reporting Practices
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Common Council to Mull Audit of MPD Crime-Reporting Practices

According to the resolution, a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found more than 500 cases in which serious assaults were misclassified by the MPD as lesser offenses.

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed Project to Start in October (Renderings)

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed Project to Start in October (Renderings)

The second phase of the redevelopment of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station will begin construction next month.

Reconstruction of S. 2nd Street Starts Today

Reconstruction of S. 2nd Street Starts Today

The S. 2nd Street project, which was approved in December 2009 by the Common Council despite Alderman Dudzik’s last minute attempt to derail the project, officially gets going today.

S. 2nd Street Redesign Approved by the Common Council

S. 2nd Street Redesign Approved by the Common Council

The proposed improvement of S. 2nd Street, in Walker's Point, was up for approval at the December 22nd meeting of the Milwaukee Common Council.

S. 2nd Street Street Re-design Approved at Committee

S. 2nd Street Street Re-design Approved at Committee

For over a year business owners, property owners, and residents in Walker's Point have worked to have S. 2nd Street rebuilt with people in mind. The plan, as UrbanMilwaukee.com has covered in past, includes narrowing the street from 58 feet to 50 feet, removing travel lanes, and adding bike lanes, street trees, and new lighting with the goal of creating a street conducive to multiple modes of transportation, be it walking, biking, or driving.

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

The proposed snow and ice fee increase, the furloughs, the possible use of eminent domain for economic development, and the formation of a streetcar committee were topics of interest at this Common Council meeting.

Milwaukee to the Art World: Yes
Milwaukee to the Art World

Yes

Despite last ditch efforts by Alderman Dudzik to hold the project in committee, which would have effectively killed the project, Janet Zweig's public art project was approved at today's Common Council meeting.

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

This committee meeting had numerous items of significance relating to the built environment that were up for debate.  A couple highlights (or lowlights) included the holding of a file over budget concerns, a heated discussion over Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (“CMAQ”) grants, and a most intriguing debate on public art. The approval of the […]

Green Initiatives Stalled by City Committee

Green Initiatives Stalled by City Committee

In the name of cost savings two green efforts were stalled during today’s meeting of the Public Works Committee. The first item to run into issues with the committee was the Central Library’s resolution that would of allowed them to apply for a $250,000 Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Stormwater Best Management Practices Partnership grant.  This grant […]

Committee Quickly Approves Road Projects

Committee Quickly Approves Road Projects

Although this meeting finished in record time due to Alderman Robert Bauman's auctioneer style meetings, there were a couple of items of interest.

Common Council Allocates Funds for Low-income Housing Development

Common Council Allocates Funds for Low-income Housing Development

Resolution 080196 proposed requiring taverns with three or more criminal incidents within a years time frame to install security cameras that cover both the interior and exterior of the establishment.  Alderman Jim Bohl attempted to do his due diligence by asking a series of questions regarding enforcement, when it would go into effect, and the […]

Common Council Approves New Berlin Water Deal

Common Council Approves New Berlin Water Deal

This meeting included three highly debated resolutions, the “Wheel Tax”, the 9to5 direct legislation regarding sick pay, the water sale to New Berlin and the retirement of one of the most highly respected government officials.  Marty Collins the outgoing Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood Services gave a heartfelt farewell speech stating “I’m proud to […]

Public Works Committee Approves New Berlin Water Deal

Public Works Committee Approves New Berlin Water Deal

This meeting’s highlights included the proposed water sale to New Berlin and the reappointment of Jeff Mantes to the Commissioner the Department of Public Works.The water sale involved two separate resolutions.  Resolution 080012 would handle the actual water sale and resolution 080011 will enact an intergovernmental agreement contingent on the water sale.  Water sales are […]

Public Works Committee Approves Vehicle Registration Fee

Public Works Committee Approves Vehicle Registration Fee

The meeting began with public hearings regarding assessable road improvements and lead into Alderman Robert Bauman‘s opening discussion of resolution 080034, the proposed municipal vehicle registration fee.  This resolution would change the assessable portion of road improvement costs from 60%, which on average is an assessment of $2500 to the abutting property owner, to 0% […]

The Roundup: Marsupial Bridge Update
The Roundup

Marsupial Bridge Update

The concrete walkway of the Holton Marsupial Bridge will be poured beginning today.

The Roundup: How Did Peggy Know?
The Roundup

How Did Peggy Know?

Over Cocktails in 2001, then-A.G. Candidate Peg Lautenschlager Said Rival would be Indicted

The Roundup: Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues
The Roundup

Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager exploits a legal loophole.

The Roundup: Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year
The Roundup

Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year

Two other Mayoral candidates eligible soon