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Sheboygan city leaders move forward with Mayor Ryan removal


SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - The Sheboygan City Council will continue its effort to remove Mayor Bob Ryan, while hiring an administrator to handle the city’s day to day business.

Two aldermen tried Tuesday night to end the removal proceedings, and let Ryan stay in office while giving his administrative duties to a full-time appointee.

The Council voted 15 to 1 to hire the administrator – a post that Sheboygan had previously considered. And the vote was 9 to 7 against calling off the proceedings against Ryan, who’s under fire for 3 major alcohol-related episodes since becoming the mayor in 2009.

Council President Eric Rindfleisch – who originally led the effort to remove Ryan – has changed his mind. He says he does not seek to forgive the mayor’s actions – but he said the removal process would cost Sheboygan too much in embarrassment and lost opportunities.

The Council has delayed the hiring of an attorney to represent the city in the removal proceedings – which were prompted by two formal complaints against Ryan after he went on a three-day drinking binge in July in Elkhart Lake.

Former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic has said he would represent the Council at no charge to taxpayers.

In the meantime, a committee will come up with the details for hiring a city administrator.