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Monday, January 17, 2011

West Bend School Board Members CLEARED of Ethics Complaints

Briefly, the room was packed.  Standing room only - probably 75-100 in room.

City West Bend School District Attorney Mary Hubacher stated reasons for bringing ethics charges to the board.  Said there were five charges all together, but she only felt two were worthy of being advanced.

Jason Pentermann, president of WB WEAC, spoke first to the charges against Tim Stepanski.  Stepanski allowed to speak and firmly defended his position as not guilty, though he said he could have used more restraint.

School board members asked a few questions.  Then city attorney moved to second accusation.

John Engstrom spoke to the accusation against Weigand.

Weigand spoke at length in his own defense, confirming he feels that board members should be able to use various avenues to communicate with the public.

Board members asked a few questions.  Kris Beaver seemed intent on making sure Weigand knew he did not agree with Weigand's choice to write the guest editorial.  He also made sure to address the concerns of the general public that "probably thought we were going to skewer Weigand or something, I don't know..."

Board voted on both accusations and both were cleared unanimously of any ethics charges.

Following this, the board interviewed and voted to fill the seat vacated by Bruce Koenig with Doug Ziegler, with Carlson and Miller voting against.  It should be duly noted that Carlson verbally addressed Zieglers age and physical limitations.  Is that legal?


Mike said...

Mary Huebacher is not the city attorney. You still hung up with that library board?

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Thank you, my friend! ;-)

No "e" in Mary's name, by the way.