Former Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament dies at 76

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- Former Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament has died at the age of 76. Ament led Milwaukee County for a decade before resigning under a cloud of controversy involving massive pension scandal.

Before Tom Ament's 34 years in county government ended in public outrage and humiliation, he had a number of proud moments. Born in 1937, Ament was an honor roll student and football star at Marquette University High School. After his resignation as Milwaukee County Executive, Ament kept close ties with former classmates. Six years after graduating from Marquette University Law School, he was elected Milwaukee County Supervisor in 1968. Ament became the Milwaukee County Board Chair in 1976, and Milwaukee County Executive in 1992.

10 years into his term as county executive, Ament refused to step down amid news of a pension scandal. The scandal cost county administrators and supervisors their jobs and county taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Ament resigned after a massive effort to recall him gained momentum. He bid public life a final goodbye in February 26th.

There's no word on  the cause Ament's death.

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