Lake Geneva tabs Connors its new mayor
City of Lake Geneva
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LAKE GENEVA Jim Connors looks forward to leading a city council that might sometimes disagree but always puts the best interests of the city and its residents first.
“I’m looking to build consensus,” he said. “I want to hear every different perspective and make sure we (city officials) are making good, solid decisions that everyone is happy with.”
Connors, 50, who promised independence, ethical government and fiscal responsibility, handily defeated Scott Storms, 54, who campaigned on a platform of integrity and honesty, to become the next mayor of Lake Geneva.
Bitterness has engulfed City Hall as Mayor Bill Chesen fought with several members of the city council over their appointment of Spyro “Speedo” Condos to a vacant seat in August. Little city business was accomplished in the months that Chesen and the council were at odds.
Connors is ushering in a new era in city government. He said he and the newly formed city council, which now includes two newcomers, should be able to work together to set goals and achieve them.
“I’m confident that everyone can start with a clean piece of paper,” he said. “I hope we can at least try.”
Storms said he is not disappointed he lost his bid for mayor.
“All the people there (on the council) are people I supported. They have the same ideals I have for the community,” he said. “I’m ecstatic. I can’t think of a better outcome.”
Storms, president of the police and fire commission, said he plans to remain involved in city government—at least to make sure that Connors follows through on his promises.
“I hope he can be the independent he said he is. If he does what he said he was going to do, I will support him 100 percent,” he said. “If not, I’ll be a thorn in his side. I will remind him of the things he promised in the campaign.”