CUMBERLAND, Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – For a combined 38 years the Skinner family of Cumberland has served their community as mayor. Bert Skinner is the latest and current mayor with 6 years under his belt.
“Well, it’s been a total of 13 years now that I’ve either been on a council or mayor, and I’ve also been on the Barron County board, so it’s been an interesting experience,” Bert Skinner said. “It’s been exciting – there’s been up’s and there’s been downs.”
His older brother, Bob Skinner was mayor for four years. “I saw the struggles my dad had over the years,” said Bob Skinner, “And I thought I would never put myself in that position. I served on other committees like the planning commission, utility commission for several years.” In the end Bob and Bert Skinner followed in their father, Albert Skinner’s footsteps. Albert Skinner was mayor for 28 years.
Bert Skinner said, “It goes way back, the service for our community, and it was something that I really respected over all these years. I know one thing he always said to us growing up to my brothers, both my brothers, and it’s important to give back more to your community than you take from it. I really think it’s important that we contribute back and I think that’s been a big part of lives. I’m hoping today, being a former teacher, that some of my students will have the opportunity to come back and give to the community – which I am seeing!”
“I’ve seen a lot of people that have moved back to the community and have gotten involved in the community and that to me is a very positive thing,” said Bob Skinner.
This local family’s legacy in their community has been ingrained in the words of their father Albert Skinner in that “Giving back more than you can take is important.”