Controversy continues at Rhinelander City Hall

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) — After a city administrative assistant submitted her letter of resignation yesterday, George Kirby, the Rhinelander City Council President, said he wouldn’t be surprised if more come.

Kirby said this is just the latest incident caused by tension at city hall.

“They’re not happy, they don’t feel like they’re being treated fair,” Kirby said of the employees working at City Hall.

Kirby is quick to blame City Administrator Daniel Guild for the tension caused not only in city hall, but among the city council as well.

“This is a problem that is being created by Daniel and is being overlooked by the mayor,” he said.

Guild said he believes the friction at city hall is caused by people resisting change.

“There’s those people who like the idea of change, they embrace it, they thrive on it. And there’s going to be others where change is scary and very difficult,” Guild said.

In March a letter of no confidence was submitted by city employees about Guild. Following that, the common council discussed suspending Guild with pay. The vote ended in a tie, with Mayor Chris Frederickson breaking the tie and voting not to suspend Guild.

Guild previously worked as the administrator in Weston. He was put on suspension while working in Weston, and eventually left that position.

He said the issues in Rhinelander and Weston are different.

“Nothing that is happening up here in any way is related to things I’ve experience in past employment,” Guild said.

Earlier this month, the city council, again with a tie breaking vote from the mayor, voted to terminate City Attorney Carrie Milijevich.

Sarah McGrew

Sarah McGrew

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