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Process to recall Sheboygan mayor Bob Ryan underway


SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A Sheboygan City Council member has started a campaign to recall embattled Mayor Bob Ryan.

Kevin MatiChek said a recall would be cheaper and quicker than the legal process the Council had approved earlier this month.

Seven formal complaints have been filed against the mayor, after he went on a weekend drinking binge in nearby Elkhart Lake in July. It was Ryan’s third major alcohol-related episode since becoming Sheboygan’s mayor in 2009.

The City Council has voted to hire an attorney to prosecute Ryan in a proceeding similar to a trial – and he could be removed if convicted. The Council has allocated $10,000 in legal expenses – and it was asked to approve $50,000.

Alderman MatiChek said his recall petition would not cost the city much at all. Just over 4,100 signatures would be needed to force a recall election. If it’s held, MatiChek said it could take place next February when the city is already scheduled to have primaries for other local offices.

Ryan has said he’s getting more help for his alcoholism – and he refuses to resign as Sheboygan’s mayor.

Alderman MatiChek said a recall would, “save the integrity of the mayor’s office for our great city.” He also said he would run against Mayor Ryan if a recall vote takes place.