Clintonville Council Fails to Override Veto; Kotter Keeps Job

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

The city council issued a 6 to 4 vote of no confidence against Mayor Judith Magee around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The issue stems from the investigation into city administrator Lisa Kotter.

Kotter had been suspended for two weeks on alleged misconduct. Kotter was accused of using the city’s travel budget to take her family on vacation while she was at professional vacations.

Mayor Judith Magee had vetoed the council’s decision to move the case to a labor attorney.

That veto brought Kotter back.

Council said Magee gave too much information about the investigation to the public.

The council also took up a vote to override the mayor’s veto, essentially continuing Kotter’s investigation and her suspension. That measure failed to get the 7 to 3 majority needed. Six members voted to overturn, four voted no.

Mayor Magee told WLUK-TV in Green Bay earlier Tuesday she did nothing illegal or unethical.

“I haven’t done anything that I believe is wrong. The state statute gives me the power to veto. The council people didn’t like the veto,” said Magee.

The investigation into Kotter alone cost the city $6,600 in legal fees.

City council members say it’s important to continue with the investigation until a full report can be made.

“Residents realize that what I am doing is seeking the truth and holding people accountable. The common council’s job is to provide checks and balances of government. For too long there have not been checks and balances,” said Councilmember Gregory Rose, during public comment.

Public comment lasted until after 8:30 p.m.

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