Milwaukee Voters to Replace County Exec

April 30, 2002 ( - Voters in the Milwaukee area were going to the polls Tuesday to select a new Milwaukee County executive to replace the former chief who resigned in the wake of a pension scandal.

The winner of Tuesday’s balloting will replace Thomas Ament, who stepped down in February as part of a government shakeup after plans to give several county officials million-dollar pensions became public.

The November 2000 plan would have allowed the $1-million lump-sum payments on top of the officials’ regular monthly pensions. Ament would have been eligible for a $2.3-million payment.

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Ament has said he did not know the payouts would be so high, and he agreed recently not to collect the higher benefits himself

Ament, 64, and four other officials resigned as part of the fallout (see  Milwaukee County Exec Steps Down and Pumped Pension Payouts Prompt Resignation )