Another investigation will take place in the city of Clintonville.
Less than a year after former City Administrator Lisa Kotter was investigated by the Clintonville City Council, the council approved at its meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 10, an investigation of Mayor Judy Magee.
After discussing the issue in closed session for almost an hour, the council reconvened in open session.
Prior to the motion being announced City Attorney April Dunlavy addressed those in attendance about the process of a Chapter 17 complaint.
Dunlavy said before any due process is held, the city would move forward with an investigation of charges. It would also require a bond from the petition filer.
“The purpose of the investigation would be to determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the investigation or whether the city ought to even move forward to the hearing stage in case of the charges being fraudulent or frivolous,” Dunlavy said.
Dunlavy added that the council moving forward with a motion did not indicate an admission of guilt or innocence.
“The council is just required to move forward with any allegations as would be part of their official duties,” Dunlavy said.
The motion contained two requirements. First, a $1,000 bond is required from the petition filer. Second, the city would hire the Davis and Kuelthau law firm to appoint a special investigator who can fulfill and discharge the duties as the statute requires.
The motion to require the bond and approve the investigation passed 9-0. Alderman Mark Doornink was excused from the meeting.
The Clintonville Tribune-Gazette reported in the Feb. 5 edition that the allegations were filed against Magee by Tricia Rose.