Couple may not pursue ethics 
complaint in West Bend

By DAVE RANK - GM Today Staff

April 22, 2009

West Bend Mayor 
Kristine Deiss

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 attorney said.

"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.

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This story appeared in The Daily News on  April 22, 2009.