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MAYVILLE — Negotiations with Interim Police Chief Ryan Vossekuil have been reopened after Mayville Common Council voted to reconsider his employment contract.

“I hope that he comes forward with a fair proposal so we can review,” Mayville Mayor Rob Boelk said in a phone interview.

At the council’s meeting on Monday night, Alderperson Molly Henkel made a motion to reconsider Vossekuil’s contract for the police chief position. The council voted in favor of the decision unanimously.

Boelk said that discussions would continue at the council’s next meeting.

Vossekuil was unavailable for comment.

Vossekuil rejected a contract offer in August in part because he was advised to do so by legal counsel. Boelk issued a news release Sept. 21 stating that Vossekuil rejected the offer to be the new chief and he did not make a counter-proposal, leading the city to reject Vossekuil as a candidate.

One of the sticking points in the contract included a 12-month probationary period. A probationary period carries the risk that Vossekuil could be more easily dismissed and thus put benefits he earned over the course of his career with the department in jeopardy.

The Daily Citizen has filed an open records request to obtain a copy of the full contract offered by the city.

The city previously had said it would move forward with its search for a chief, but residents criticized the Mayville Common Council last month and asked it to reconsider the contract it offered to Vossekuil. Boelk previously defended the probationary period, calling it standard and something that must be included in order to protect the city’s best interests.

Former Police Chief Christopher MacNeill resigned March 31. He was investigated by the Watertown Police Department at the request of Boelk, whose request came after the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation served a search warrant on the city of Mayville Feb. 6. Boelk placed MacNeill on paid administrative leave Feb. 9.

Ben Rueter covers Beaver Dam, Horicon and Juneau city governments for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.