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Two speak out about recent Wausau staff issues


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Recent incidents within Wausau city government are prompting people to speak out.

After this week’s city council meeting, Alderman Robert Mielke left his council chair and took to the podium during the public comment period. He expressed his dissatisfaction with how a past and present member of the administration conducted themselves and how the situations were handled by the Mayor Jim Tipple.  “The decision regarding our Finance Director (Maryanne Groat) was frankly unacceptable to myself, and should be to all of you on the city council as well. Not only were rules broken in regards to information not being brought forward to the council on several different occasions, and funds in my opinion being misspent or at least improperly until an acceptable answer was found supporting the Director’s opinion, but the continual disrespect and misbehavior exhibited to others was wrong and cannot be tolerated.”

Mielke is not happy with the lack of information given to the city council on several matters.

City resident Deb Ryan says the problems within city hall are the fault of Mayor Jim Tipple.  “Most of the problems that are happening now are because you are not, in my opinion, capable and competent to do your job. I think at this point, I will be trying to join other individuals and put together complaints of your malfeasance, and potential lying, and looking at recall.”

The city has two recent staff situations that have generated controversy. First, the negotiated settlement with former Public Works Director Brad Marquardt and most recently the disciplinary action against Finance Director Maryanne Groat. Most of the documentation for Groat’s discipline was redacted, so most details have not been made public.