Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan could stay in office under new proposal

CREATED Sep 6, 2011

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SHEBOYGAN- Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan could stay in office under a new proposal being introduced by two aldermen.

Ryan, who's been heavily criticized for public drunkenness, could keep his job if a resolution being introduced tonight is approved by the Common Council.

The Sheboygan Press reports Aldermen Don Hammond and Cory Roeseler now want to stop that process and promote the city's Finance Director to City Manager in order to oversee the day to day operations.

"The city has been contemplating a city administrator for some time now," Ald. Don Hammond told WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News.  "The administrator will manage the day to day operations.  The mayor would focus on policy and economic development."

Mayor Bob Ryan would have to submit to random alcohol tests and he'd have to agree to resign if he's caught drinking again, something he has already promised to do.

Last month, the council approved hiring a special prosecutor to remove Ryan from office.

This is the third time since Ryan's election in April 2009 that his drinking has brought public scrutiny.

Mayor Ryan did not return calls seeking comment.