In mid-January, the Sauk County Board approved the appointment of Baraboo City Attorney Alene Kleczek Bolin to be the county's next administrative coordinator.
The decision came on the heels of controversy involving the sudden departure of former Adminstrative Coordinator Renae Fry, who left county service after only 8 months on the job following a series of closed-door discussions.
Despite allegations of poor performance, Fry signed a contract buyout that entitled her to a full year's salary and prevented her from speaking openly about the matter.
The Baraboo News Republic revealed that Board Chair Marty Krueger, of Reedsburg, met privately with Kleczek Bolin to ask if she wanted the job just days after he signed the separation agreement with Fry.
The meeting occurred three weeks before a committee began discussions about how to conduct the search for Fry's replacement.
That revelation – as well as other actions Krueger took during the hiring process – prompted some of his peers on the board to accuse him of manipulating the process.
The newspaper is now suing for documents that may help the public to learn more about how the search that ended in January reached its conclusion.
This week, readers learned that sworn affidavits Krueger and Board Vice Chair Joan Fordham filed in response to the lawsuit included identical statements that are refuted by a recording. Fordham has acknowledged the error, and said the mistake was unintentional.