Get to know your mayor, Jeff Scrima

Outside the pressures of City Hall Scrima likes to run, sing

June 1, 2010

Jeff Scrima is just getting settled into his City Hall office as the city's new major and has a wide range of issues to tackle in the coming months.

Yet, the 32-year-old businessman took a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer several questions and help Waukesha residents get to know him a little better.

While the pressures of public life can be daunting, Scrima, a lifelong Waukesha resident, has two interests that help him stay balanced - music and running. With a degree in music from Wheaton College, Scrima has played the saxophone for years and has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus for the past 10 years. He also became interested in fitness while in college and joined the swimming team and later began to train for marathons.

Scrima prides himself on his listening skills and his tenacity in learning all about an issue before passing judgment.

Read on to learn more about Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima.

What makes you good at your job?

Listening to all sides of an issue before making a decision.

Give us a brief bio.

Born and raised in Waukesha and graduated from Waukesha South High School. Graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2000. Completed ICSC Schooling of Retailing in 2008 and the IEDC School of Economic Development held at the Wharton Business School in 2009. Business owner in Waukesha, served on the Business Improvement District, and ran in the 2009 Chicago Marathon. Active in the arts and church and just became Mayor of Waukesha in April 2010 serving a four year term.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Doctor, lawyer and artist.

What would you do if you couldn't be what you are now?

Running my real estate business and/or in graduate school.

What's the best advice you ever got?

Listen, be honest, and seek others' best interests.

What was your first job?

Resident assistant in college.

How do you spend your free time?

Running and volunteering.

What are you passionate about?


If you won the lottery today, what would you do tomorrow?

Keep things the same with the exception of starting a large charitable foundation.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That I have been singing in the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus for the last 10 years.

Favorite movie


Favorite book

Anything by C.S. Lewis.

Words to live by

"All men have fears, but the brave put down their fears and go forward, sometimes to death, but always to victory!" - Kings Guard of Ancient Greece

Proudest moment

Honored and humbled to serve as mayor.

Describe your perfect day.

Springtime at Frame Park.


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