William (“Bill”) Carey served the City of Milwaukee Employes’ Retirement System for twenty years as the retiree-elected trustee of the Annuity and Pension Board. Mr. Carey passed away May 28, 2018 at the age of 89.
During his tenure he served as Chair for two years, Vice-Chair for over six years, and as a member of the following committees: Administration & Operations, Investments (including as Vice Chair), Legislative (including as Chair), and Litigation. While serving on the pension board, Bill was pivotal in advising the pensioners during the Global Pension Settlement of 2001 and the Great Financial Crisis of 2008. Bill’s City career spanned from 1969-1989, while serving the Mayor Maier administration as the City’s “fiscal coordinator and lobbyist.” He then went on to become Director of Fiscal Liaison.
Bill’s earlier career highlights include: being elected to the Fond du Lac County Board at age 21; journalist for the Appleton Post from 1962-1968 (including appearing as a TV analyst); serving on the Appleton Post pension board; and journalist for the Milwaukee Sentinel. After working for the City, Bill went on to work for the state, where he won a national award for developing a grant tracking system that allowed each department in state government to apply for federal grants. He also enjoyed traveling with Governor Thompson during the governor's "Take government to the people" excursions.
Bill was married to his beloved, late, wife, Daisy, for 48 years. He was also the proud father of five children and grandfather of 12 grandchildren.
His obituary can be found here.