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Wausau Daily Herald claims Rothschild violated open meetings law

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Village of Rothschild violated the state’s open meetings law during the hiring process for the new South Area Fire and Emergency Services District, or S.A.F.E.R. That claim made by the Wausau Daily Herald, which challenged the Village’s handling of the meeting where they voted on the new S.A.F.E.R. district’s first chief.

The newspaper has no issue with the closed session to interview candidates, but challenged the legality of returning to open session to hire Marc Hill, which was not on the published agenda.

Attorney Bob Dreps represents the paper, and says the September 10th and October 17th meetings were both in violation of the law. He says the agenda for October 17th was not detailed enough to meet the statutory guidelines.

According to the newspaper, Police and Fire Commission Chairman Nick Smith said February 7th he was unaware he was violating the law when he wrote the agenda and submitted it to the village clerk.