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Nine months later: AG says sitting county board member can't be hired as AC

The same week Pierce County announced its new administrative coordinator, one of its past options to fill the position was declared illegal by Wisconsin's attorney general.

AG J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion to Pierce County Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence concluding a sitting member of the county board of supervisors must resign before being hired as county administrative coordinator.

Last November the Finance and Personnel Committee nominated fellow Supervisor Rod Rommel for the position on a part-time basis. Rommel withdrew his candidacy soon after finding out felony charges could be brought against him if he held both positions at the same time.

In documents released by the state along with Van Hollen's ruling, Bill Thiel, special assistant to the corporation counsel, presented a request to Van Hollen back in January, asking if there were any circumstances under which a county resigning as supervisor.

"This is because Pierce County, like other similarly situated counties that are predominantly rural and undeveloped, does not see the need for a fulltime employee to fill the office of administrative coordinator," Thiel wrote in his request.

Van Hollen wrote in his opinion that the two positions are legally incompatible and cannot be held by a single individual at the same time, absent a specific statutory exception.

For more please read the Nov. 2 print version of the Pierce County Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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