Senator Spencer Coggs announces he is considering running for City Treasurer.
Senator Coggs said, “As Treasurer, I would want to continue to provide the high quality of service and attention to the City’s investments the taxpayers have come to expect, and I am concerned that proposals to merge the Treasurer and Comptroller’s offices will diminish that service.”
Coggs, the Senator for Milwaukee ’s 6th District served on the State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee for nine years. He previously served as the elected treasurer for the National Labor Council, National Black Caucus of State Legislatures and the African American Male National Council. He was a former City Health Officer for more than twelve years, who is on leave from the City and holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Coggs said, “I understand the City is facing fiscal challenges, but the decisions we make to address those challenges can continue to take us toward being the preeminent city we are striving for or put us in a race to the bottom regarding the quality of services we provide our residents. I believe it is important that we maintain the efficient and cost-effective policies established in the Treasurer’s Office by retiring City Treasurer Wayne Whittow.”
Senator Coggs added, “When I was elected treasurer of the National Black Caucus of State legislatures the organization had a $1.5 million deficit. I established policies and practices that erased that deficit in my first year. I believe I have the qualifications and experience to be the next treasurer. I also believe, regarding merging the Treasurer and Comptroller offices that, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”