WEST BEND - A call for an ethics investigation into the handling
of a citizens group's protest of so-called sexually-explicit books
at the library by the mayor and an alderman needs to be notarized
before it can be considered a formal complaint, West Bend City
Attorney Mary Schanning ruled Monday.
"What they submitted to us does not qualify as a
complaint," Schanning said.
Missing is a sworn statement outlining the allegations, the city
"Basically, it means a notary (public)" is needed to
witness the document, she explained
Ginny Maziarka said she and her husband Jim are not sure they
will pursue their ethics complaint against Alderman Nick Dobberstein
and Mayor Kristine Deiss.
Friday, the couple asked the city's Ethics Committee to
investigate the two elected officials, Dobberstein because he
allegedly displayed bias against the Maziarkas' cause in the way
he handled an e-mail that promoted a petition counter to the
Maziarkas' position. The mayor because she did not censor
Dobberstein or remove him from the Library Board.