Possible deal in the works to avoid removing Sheboygan's mayor

CREATED Aug 31, 2011

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SHEBOYGAN - A deal may be in the works between leaders in the Sheboygan Common Council and Mayor Bob Ryan to avoid a lengthy removal process against the mayor.

Mayor Ryan canceled a council meeting Wednesday night during which members were scheduled to vote on moving the removal process forward, confirming a special prosecutor to lead the proceedings.

That meeting has now been pushed to next week.

"At this point we decided to hold off on the meeting because we think we may be able to come to a resolution," says Sheboygan Alderman Don Hammond.

"We have had conversations and I think there is some meaningful progress."

Hammond would not elaborate on the specifics of the negotiations but said details would likey be released in the coming days.

Mayor Ryan has been facing intense criticism after repeated incidents of public drunken behavior. 

Ryan says he is receiving treatment for alcoholism and will fight all efforts to remove him from office.