An exclusive recording of the Village of Mt. Pleasant Special Personnel Committee was recorded for Racine County Eye. Click on the play button to hear this recording. Total length: slightly longer than 8 minutes total.
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A Special Personnel Committee meeting was convened at 4:00 pm on June 3, 2016 to apparently discuss Administrator Kurt Wahlen’s contract with the Village of Mount Pleasant. More specifically to obtain “Contract Clarification.” During the public comment period, Kurt Wahlen spoke and requested that the committee stay in open session. Former Trustee Anna Marie Clausen & current Trustee Dave Degroot also spoke in favor of staying in open session. However, the Village Attorney said that he would not be able to share contract information with the committee if it was held in open session. When a vote was taken, the committee voted to go into closed session.
When the committee returned into open session, President Garski reported out of the closed session by stating “through our discussions, we got the contract clarification that we wanted.”
Wahlen was hired in May 2013 during a board meeting at which former Trustee Don Schulz, Feest and Garski – who was a trustee at the time – objected to the way his candidacy was presented by then President Mark Gleason. Wahlen was given a two-year contract with a one-year review, and a new two-contract in 2014 apparently retroactive to May 2014. This would apparently put Wahlen’s contract as expired as of last month and on a per day to day employment without a current contract.
After the meeting, Trustee Gary Feest was questioned about the status of Walhen’s employment. His answer was “Kurt Wahlen will be here on Monday.”
Apparently in question, was the end date of Wahlen’s contract.