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Francis Thomas Ament (born November 17, 1937), a United States politician, was the County Executive of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin from 1992 to 2002.

Ament received his diploma from Marquette University High School in 1955, his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 1959 and his law degree from the Marquette University Law School in 1962.

He was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in 1968. He was selected to be board chairman in 1976, and stayed on the board until he defeated Joseph Czarnezki to become county executive in 1992, replacing the one-term Dave Schultz.

After a scandal over pensions for county employees erupted, an effort was mounted in early 2002 to recall Ament. The organizing group had collected over 100,000 signatures on petitions to force a recall election.[1] On February 21, 2002, Ament announced his retirement effective February 26 at a Milwaukee County Board meeting. By retiring instead of resigning, Ament remained eligible for his pension.[2] He was replaced by Janine Geske on an interim basis and by Scott Walker after a special election.

Ament's portrait can be seen hanging outside the County Executive's office in the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

References

  1. ^ "Wisconsin Governor to Milwaukee-Area Official: Face Recall or Resign". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2002-02-08. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-8688072_ITM. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  2. ^ "Tom Ament Announces Retirement". WISN-TV. 2002-02-21. http://www.themilwaukeechannel.com/news/1245671/detail.html. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  

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Preceded by
Dave Schulz
Milwaukee County Executive
1992 - 2002
Succeeded by
Janine Geske
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