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With less than one year as a City employee, you might think Steve Kohnke wouldn’t have the experience necessary to serve as one of the city’s electrical technicians for the Inspection Department. Steve started working in April for the City of Oak Creek, but comes to the city with 28 years of experience as a construction electrician with Lemberg Electric, working on commercial and industrial projects as large as the Bayshore Mall Redevelopment. In addition to the experience in the electrical field Steve also served in the Air Force Reserve for 33years in the Logistics Career Field, retiring in 2010 as a Chief Master Sergeant.
On any given day, you can find him around the city checking on our street lights, or inspecting electrical work on properties across Oak Creek, but he cites the physical aspects of the job as something that keeps him focused.
“I like to work with my hands, and think on my feet”, he said, as he talked about the day to day nature of his work. “One of the things I appreciate about my job is the people I work with, I get along with everybody, and we take a lot of pride in how our city looks, and works.”
Steve has been married to Mary, who works in food service for the Oak Creek/Franklin School District, for more than 30 years, and has two children, Samantha, 28, and Kyle, 26. Samantha is an accountant with Baker/Tilly, and Kyle serves our country as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Marines, as part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, currently serving in Afghanistan.
One of the biggest challenges of his job, is the speed of the cars on our roads, and the problem of inattentive drivers. “I see people coming into my lane all the time, talking and texting on cell phones, and not paying attention to the traffic cones I’ve put up”.
With the holidays approaching, Steve wanted to include a personal message with his profile, honoring his son, and highlighting his commitment to our troops who serve our country. “I would ask that as we approach the Christmas Holiday that everyone keeps the troops, deployed around the world to keep us free and preserve our way of life, in their thoughts and prayers. If they want to make a difference, please support the U.S.O. or the Fisher House, which provides housing for family members of wounded military members a place to stay nearby the medical facility they are being treated at.”
Currently, fundraising is under way to construct a Fisher house near the Zablocki Regional VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. For information about the Fisher House programs, or to make a donation, go to http://www.fisherhouse.org/donate.« Return to Meet Our Staff