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Discussion of Sauk County administrator's removal delayed

Discussion of Sauk County administrator's removal delayed

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A meeting to discuss the possible removal of Sauk County government’s highest ranking administrator has been postponed.

The Sauk County Board’s Executive and Legislative was tentatively scheduled to meet in closed session Thursday to discuss the employment of Administrative Coordinator Renae Fry, and to decide whether to place her on administrative leave.

Sauk County Corp. Counsel Todd Liebman said in an email that the meeting was canceled. He declined to say why, or answer questions about the situation involving the county’s administrative coordinator.

“No, I cannot comment on any other matter,” Liebman said in an email.

County officials have not said publicly what is behind the attempt to oust Fry, who has been on the job for only 8 months. Sauk County Board Chair Marty Krueger of Reedsburg and Sauk County Personnel Department Director Michelle Posewitz did not respond to inquiries.

Sources familiar with the matter who requested anonymity said Fry was offered a severance agreement in lieu of being placed on administrative leave.

The Baraboo News Republic has requested documents related to the matter under the state’s open records law.

The special meeting to discuss Fry’s pending employment in closed session initially was scheduled to take place Nov. 3. The Executive and Legislative Committee convened on that day, but decided to postpone the discussion for one week after Fry raised legal concerns about the meeting notice.

In an email Monday to supervisors and county department heads, Krueger, the board’s chair, said Fry had taken voluntary personal leave.

“Renae offered to go on personal leave as part of her request to postpone last Thursday’s special E&L meeting one week,” Krueger wrote in the email. “It was her offer, not my request.”

Krueger said the attorney for the county’s insurance provider did not agree with Fry that the notice for the Nov. 3 meeting was illegal, but “concurred that her offer was a good faith effort to explore possible ways to move forward.”

In another email, Krueger said a request for a special county board meeting to discuss the matter with legal counsel will be made during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.

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