Town of Cedarburg

Your Government: Town Board
Chairman & Town Board

The Chairman & Town Board of Cedarburg are responsible for establishing policies for the Town. The Town Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm at Town Hall, located at 1293 Washington Avenue. All residents are encouraged to attend meetings. If there are questions regarding agenda items or meeting information, you may email Administrator Tim Rhode. The Town Chairman is responsible for making appointments to numerous boards and commissions. The Town Board as a whole is responsible for establishing an annual Town tax rate (subject to elector approval), approving an annual budget and establishing the general policy direction of the Town.

David Salvaggio, Town Chairman

12202 Western Avenue
Cedarburg, Wisconsin 53012
Phone: 262/377-6779
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David and his wife Tana have lived in the Town of Cedarburg for 34 years and have three sons. Five of their seven grandchildren attend/have attended Cedarburg Schools.

David has been heavily involved in many Cedarburg activities - 24 years on the Cedarburg Fire Department including 5 years as Dive Rescue Team leader- being the first recipient named to the Lifetime Honor Roll by International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists for bringing to your community and Ozaukee Co. a most high level of service. He was the mastermind and designer of the fire/rescue training facility at the abandoned Cedarburg Light & Water reservoir and was actively involved in pursuing, designing and building of the new Town Fire Station at Five Corners.

David is also the Chairman of the Plan Commission and Town Parks & Recreation Committee and architect of the award-winning, self-supporting Town recreation program, spearheading development of the OHOW Park at 5 Corners. David designed the Town's water system for fire protection at no expense to the taxpayer and initiated the 5 Corners Master Plan improving commercial development opportunities. David is a former Cedarburg Booster Club board member, the former head of the Cedarburg youth Wresting Program and a former Volunteer Coach of the Varsity Wrestling Program at Cedarburg High School.

David is a building contractor, actively involved in new construction, restorations and preservation in the area and was awarded the 1998 Cedarburg Mayor's Choice Community Enhancement Award for exceptional contribution towards the aesthetic enhancement of our community.

I have enjoyed raising my family and living in the Town of Cedarburg these past 34 years and have given my time and energy to preserving the rural character, historic charm and safety of our Town so it can be enjoyed by our grandchildren.

Wayne Pipkorn, Town Supervisor
Seat 1
8871 Bridge St
Cedarburg, Wisconsin 53012
Phone: 262/355-5049
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Being born and raised in the Town of Cedarburg, Wayne is a lifetime resident in the Town. Wayne earned his Bachelor's Degree in accounting in 1969, has been Enrolled to Practice before Internal Revenue Service since 1975, and earned his Registered Investment Advisor Agent certificate in 1996. Wayne has 41 years experience as an income tax preparer and accountant, being self-employed since 1979. Wayne served in the Army Reserve from 1969-1975. Wayne and his wife Jeanne have been married for 43 years, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Bill Wattson, Town Supervisor
Seat 2

2297 Granville Road
West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
Telephone: 262/675-0079
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Bill has wide experience working for some of the largest companies in the world, as well as in small business operations. His background includes engineering and enterprise information technology roles in the public utility sector working in nuclear power plants, as civilian employee for Department of the Navy repairing and decommissioning nuclear submarines; and operationalizing enterprise data centers, healthcare provider systems, manufacturing operations and insurance/financial services. Bill is presently consulting on cyber security and instrumentation designs for nuclear power customers. Bill is an expert in radiation detection and is owner/operator of Radiation Measurement Technologies, LLC. He is also owner/operator of Repair Solutions, LLC, specializing in custom machining and fabrication of components for agricultural and industrial equipment repair. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business Administration from Michigan State University, with post-graduate studies in Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (while performing post-accident recovery at Three Mile Island) and in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. Bill is a former USNRC Licensed Senior Reactor Operator and is presently licensed as an FAA Licensed Commercial Pilot with Instrument Rating. Bill and his wife Diane have lived in the Town since March 2005 on a 10 acre hobby farm, along with Diane’s five horses. Diane works for GE Healthcare in Wauwatosa as a Technical Writer.

Gary Wickert, Town Supervisor
Seat 3
10290 Ann Marie Drive
Cedarburg, Wisconsin 530120
Phone: 262/377-9426
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Gary and his wife, Lisa, live with their two sons on Ann Marie Drive. A Wisconsin native, Gary attended school in Thiensville as a child, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and later, the South Texas College of Law. For nearly 20 years Gary practiced law in Houston, Texas, where he was managing partner of a large Houston law firm. In 1998, Gary fulfilled a dream by returning to his roots, and started the law firm of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. in Hartford, Wisconsin. Gary is an avid freelance writer, contributing regularly to publications such as the News Graphic Newspaper, Northshore Lifestyle, City Lifestyle West, and Milwaukee Lifestyle magazines, a number of legal publications, and two conservative news and political websites. He is the author of several legal treatises, including Workers Compensation Subrogation In All 50 States, as well as an historical fiction novel entitled Dark Redemption. He is also active in church government and teaching at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, and was committee chair in the fundraising efforts which resulted in Living Word Lutheran High School in Jackson, where he serves as auctioneer at their annual fund raising auction and was honored to be invited as keynote speaker at their first commencement program in 2004. Gary's hobbies include bodybuilding, chess, and doing just about anything with his family.

Thomas Esser, Town Supervisor
Seat 4

348 Granville Road
Cedarburg, Wisconsin 53012
Phone: 262/375-1107
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Thomas is a native of Southeast Wisconsin, born in Milwaukee and raised in Menomonee Falls. His education consists of a Bachlor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University (with honors) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the family business from childhood on, covering over 45 years. He has experience and success in OEM manufacturing and wholesale level distribution, internal IT management and development, company operations, and executive suite operations and direction. Thomas served as president of multi-plant printed circuit board company with national and international relationships. He also has started several small businesses, including on-line retail and local service companies. His day time work involves consulting, working with an angel investing group, and networking on new business development.

Thomas, his wife Kari, and daughter Emily have lived in the Town since 2005. They have been visible participants in town issues, having been regular attendees at most of the Town Board meetings before being elected. Thomas has also been on the Parks and Recreation Committee since 2012, helping the with the management a guidance of the Town park spaces and the growing Town recreation programs. After his focus on family and community, his other interest is in playing Polo and introducing others to that fine sport, along with taking care of their 4 cats and 4 horses.