Complaints mount against Sheboygan mayor

CREATED Aug. 8, 2011

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SHEBOYGAN - The complaint count is up to five after three new filings Monday against Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan.

Patrick Gillette goes toe to toe with Ryan on a number of issues. The former alderman submitted his complaint Monday morning.  He tells TODAY'S TMJ4 the mayor's recent behavior in Elkhart Lake Is inexcusable.

"I wish him well and I hope he seeks his treatment, but the city itself cannot continue with this type of exposure."

Gillette and four other taxpayers have come forward, submitting formal complaints to the Sheboygan City Clerk's office to try to remove Ryan.  They are skeptical the mayor's work at City Hall is therapeutic, as Ryan claims.

"Therapy is something you have to do outside your job," Gillette responded.

City Attorney Steve McLean tells TODAY'S TMJ4 he's still trying to determine if these complaints will hold up enough to start a removal hearing.  McLean won't give any recommendations to the Common Council until later this week.

Meanwhile, the waiting game continues. Complainant Marlene Reindl believes there's no way Ryan can effectively stay in office.

"I don't think he can do that. The minute he starts drinking, he renders himself perfectly incapable of doing his job," Reindl told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Cody Holyoke.

Some residents hope the mayor will bow out gracefully before any hearings take place.

"I hope the mayor resigns before the council takes action," Gillette said.

The Sheyboygan Common Council will return to City Hall on August 15th to determine what's next. Stay with TODAY'S TMJ4 for more on this developing story.