Oak Creek Town Board calls executive session

With lawsuits against city mounting, officials close meeting

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— For the nearly 20 people who showed up to Town Hall Wednesday night, there wasn't much to see aside from a closed door.

Residents who waited around may have done so in the hopes of hearing some answers.

On Tuesday morning, Interim Police Chief Eileen Rossi submitted her resignation, becoming the third police chief to leave the Oak Creek Police Department in less than two months.

"After a couple of days on the job and seeing the state of the police department I felt that it would compromise my belief system to stay," she said. "The police department should be dissolved and built from the beginning."

Rossi will continue her work as deputy coroner for Oak Creek, but she will no longer act as chief or reserve officer.

However, when the Town Board announced in a posted notice that they would be discussing personnel matters at a special meeting, they were not referring to the slimming police force.

Bob Weiss, the man who has been Oak Creek's attorney for decades, felt it was time to give the Town Board legal counsel over lawsuits they may be facing in the near future.

The Town of Oak Creek has been served with a summons by former Town Manager Ray Leibensperger for the compensation of several thousand dollars from a months-long dispute over his last paycheck.

Sergeant Dave Miller's attorney has also repeatedly threatened litigation against the town over the matter of his termination.

"I spoke to his attorney on the phone today," Weiss said, "and he made the threat again."

Weiss also wanted to discuss a property negotiation between Oak Creek and resident Geoffrey Peters, as well as the appeal of a speeding ticket.

"In all the time I have been this town's attorney, I have never seen something like (the ticket appeal)," he said.

Weiss suggested the matters be discussed in an executive session.

Trustee Bill Paxton objected. "Things have gone behind people's backs for so long. I feel that this should be discussed in public," he said.

Board member Mike Kien agreed that the meeting should be public.

"I'm not trying to hide anything," Weiss said, "but these are people who have or are threatening to file lawsuits and it would be unwise to publicly discuss your weaknesses and strengths in the cases so they can hear."

With that, the Town Board voted to go into executive session with the promise that no decisions would be made in the meeting.

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