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Public employee grievance settled behind closed doors in Sheboygan County

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - The Sheboygan County Board held its first closed-door meeting in at least 30 years this week -- and it blames the state's Act 10 union bargaining law.

Public employee grievances that used to be settled by state arbitrators are now handled in the jurisdictions where they're filed. So when a sheriff's office employee challenged his firing, it went to the Sheboygan County human resources department, then to a hearing officer, and then to the full County Board.  

The two lower entities upheld the firing, but the County Board reversed it during a closed session on Tuesday night.

Board chairman Roger TeStroete said it would be better if a smaller group like the board's executive committee could discuss the matter privately, then make a recommendation to the full board.

The supervisors reinstated the employee without back pay. Sheriff Todd Priebe said he knew the County Board was not comfortable deliberating the issue -- and while he's disappointed with the reversal, he'll give the worker a full second chance when he returns February 1st.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)