Treasurer Mike Bucko is bowing out of government before his term is up so he
can begin enjoying his senior years.
At a press
conference Monday, Bucko announced he had tendered his resignation to County
Democrat Party Chairman Jeff Chidester and will be stepping down from office
on Friday, July 25.
Bucko, who is in
the middle of his second term as Treasurer, assured his health is well and
that his decision is not because of political reasons. He plans to spend his
retirement traveling and spending more time with family.
"As I approach 70
years of age, I feel it is time to step down and enjoy life to the fullest
with my wife Carolyn, of 44 years, as we both have good health and are
capable,” Bucko said.
Bucko said he’d
thought about retiring for a few years and decided now would be a good time
as the state is making changes to the Public Employee Retirement Fund, he
said. According to Bucko, the changes would reduce his pension by 11 percent
if he is not “off the books” by Sept. 1.
Bucko was first
elected to Treasurer in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Prior to that, he had
served eight years on the County Council as an at-large member, from 1993 to
2000, and three years as the 4th District Council representative, from 2007
to 2009. Bucko also served on the Porter Twp. Advisory Board and as a NIRPC
Caucus to meet July
Chidester said the
Democratic Party will hold a caucus on Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m., at
Ironworkers Local 395, 6570 Ameriplex Drive, in Portage, to select a
successor for Bucko.
must have a Democratic voting record and must send a letter to the party’s
secretary Debbie Cook-Kerr within 72 hours of the caucus and a form to seek
candidacy must be filed with Democrat Voters Registration Director Kathy
contact information is available on the County Dems’ webpage,