Marshfield common council sets procedures for mayor hearings
For the Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield aldermen have signed off on a set of ground rules for hearing a complaint that seeks the removal of Mayor Bob McManus from office.
During its March 9 meeting, the common council voted to accept the procedures for the hearings, laid out by attorney James Kalny, who is acting as legal representation for the council during the proceedings later this month.
“Open statements – simply a review of what the evidence is likely to prove – both parties have an opportunity to do that. We are going to be very lax on hearsay obviously, but we are not going to allow that to be the whole proof. We still are going to have to have substantial evidence that what’s in the complaint is proved and it has to be sufficient in our minds to merit cause as to find in the statute and removal. But, we are going to be very careful to limit the matters to relevant material,” he said.
Kalny also noted that 15 witnesses have already been subpoenaed to testify during the hearings.
The common council also added a third night for hearing the complaint against the mayor. The council voted last month in favor of scheduling the initial hearings for March 19 and March 22, and added March 23 to that schedule as well. The regularly-scheduled council meeting that night was pushed back until March 30.
The complaint against the mayor was filed by Andy Keogh, who alleges McManus, in response to a public-records request, took actions which according to the complaint violated laws and ethical standards established by the city.
Any action taken by the 10-member common council to remove the mayor from office would require a minimum of eight votes.