Lawyers still negotiating complaint against mayor
By Bert Lehman
After meeting in closed session for 30 minutes at a special city council meeting Monday, July 27, no action was taken regarding a settlement in the Chapter 17 complaint against Mayor Judy Magee.
When the council reconvened in open session, attorney Jim Kalny with Davis Kuelthau, who the city hired to investigate the complaint, made the following statement: “The council asked me to announce that there will be no further action on the closed session item in open session at this time. I’ve been directed by the council to work with the parties in regard to settling this matter. We should be reporting back sometime in August or September.”
The Chapter 17 complaint issue, which was filed by Tricia Rose against Magee, is now in its eighth month.
The complaint was first filed in early December of 2014. In the complaint, Rose stated that “Wisconsin State Statute 17.12 (1)(a): Elective officers (may be removed) by recall as provided in s. 9.10, or by the common council , for cause.”
Rose then cited some of the statute.
She stated that her letter was to serve as a formal written complaint against Magee. Rose cited the following charges: “1. Misconduct in office, 2. Abuse of power, 3. Theft of property, 4. Willfully destroying public property, 5. Releasing confidential information, 6. Concealing a crime.”
No specifics of the charges were included.
Rose concluded the complaint by stating, “In accordance with the state statutes, I would expect a speedy hearing will be scheduled to hear the evidence against. Ms. Magee.”
On Dec. 30, Rose submitted an amended complaint. This one contained specific examples for each of the six charges.
Among the allegations brought up in the complaint, Rose accused Magee of lying on several occasions.
She also alleged that Magee helped get her kicked out of the Clintonville Rotary Club. Rose claimed she received a letter from the Rotary “revoking” her membership for ethical violations.
Magee’s city cellphone was also wiped clean according to Rose.
Rose accused Magee of releasing confidential information when she was not supposed to.
At the end of the amended complaint she added to the comment about a speedy hearing, “unless the city should decide to preempt the process by relieving Magee of her duties in a more timely fashion of their own accord.”