The gold Cadillac SRX wasn't Mayor Tom Barrett's style.I'm sure he would be more comfortable.
He'd prefer a Buick, but he has spent the past few weeks being driven around by his security detail in the 2006 Cadillac SUV.
A tipster asked Public Investigator to look into the mayor's swanky car choice, especially during a time when the city budget is crunched and workers are being ordered to take furloughs to save the city money.
As it turns out, taxpayers didn't spend a dime on the high-end vehicle.
It was seized in a drug raid and was turned over to the Milwaukee Police Department, which provides vehicles for the mayor's security detail.
Patrick Curley, the mayor's chief of staff, said the Cadillac was a temporary fix while fleet services figured out what to do with a 1998 Chevy Tahoe that is now in the shop but had previously been part of the mayor's security detail.
The Cadillac was returned to the Police Department on Thursday, the day after Public Investigator started asking questions.
"The mayor would be more comfortable in another vehicle," said Patrick Curley, the mayor's chief of staff.
We wouldn't want Mayor Barrett looking like a pimp or a dealer, now would we.