Jim Owczarski has been the City of Milwaukee's Deputy City Clerk since October 2006. Before then he worked as Council Records Manager and as a Legislative Fiscal Analyst in the City's Legislative Reference Bureau. He previously worked as a metropolitan government reporter for the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel which paid the bills while he worked on his graduate studies in early modern history at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also spent 14 years working at the Bristol Renaissance Faire which has prevented him from judging the hobbies of others.
Milwaukee, despite its sometimes staid reputation, is a City of innovation. It has been at the forefront of the machine tool industry and the “Milwaukee” brand is still synonymous among tradespeople with quality and performance. Corporations like Johnson Controls and Rockwell Automation (known to many as Allen-Bradley) have long been leaders in their respective fields. More recently, the administration of Mayor Tom Barrett, working closely with the Milwaukee Common Council, has been positioning the City to be a leader in freshwater technologies; symbolized only in part by the efforts to grow the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, MI.