Sheboygan lawmakers to vote on suspending efforts to oust mayor

CREATED Dec 18, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec 19, 2011

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SHEBOYGAN - The Sheboygan Common Council was set Monday to consider suspending its effort to remove Mayor Bob Ryan from office after an accusation of fourth degree sexual assault.

That assault allegedly happened the same weekend Ryan passed out in a bar in Elkhart Lake. 

"In the resolution itself, there was reason involving an ongoing by the Sheboygan County District Attorney's office," said Common Council attorney Joseph Voelkner.

"With the recall coming up, we think the timing of it is difficult."

Special prosecutor Steven Biskupic claims that while he was investigating the alleged binge drinking of Mayor Ryan, he discovered a fourth degree sexual assault allegation by an Elkhart Lake woman, said to have taken place at the same time as the binge drinking in Elkhart Lake.

"Special prosecutor Steven Biskupic learned of the allegations regarding Mayor Robert Ryan engaging in uninvited sexual contact of a woman," said the resolution.

"That's the purpose of the resolution, to have some transparency, to let the public know what the investigation has been looking at, and what allegations might be out there," said Voelkner.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's department investigated the alleged assault at the bar.

Just recently, city officials revealed a $310,000 settlement with its former human resources director, Angela Payne, who claimed Ryan sexually harassed her.

A recall election involving Ryan has also been slated for January 2012.

"We'd love to see him go away," said Alderman Scott Versy.  "That would solve the problems and make the headaches go away.  The sooner that happens, the sooner we can get back to doing normal business."

The common council meeting has been scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday.