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Rog Files Open Meetings Complaint With State Against Council Members, Mayor


A former member of the Rhinelander city council has filed an open meetings complaint against Mayor Chris Frederickson, and current council members David Holt and Ryan Rossing.

Former council member Dawn Rog filed the written complaint Tuesday with the Office of Open Government in the state Department of Justice.

Rog's complaint centers on an April 21, 2020 meeting as a newly formed council was electing a new president. Rog and former president George Kirby did not run for another term on the council.

Two nominees, Holt and Rossing, tied votes for the open president's position. The complaint says while still in open session, Holt then asked to be able to speak to Rossing privately, which Rog says was approved by City Attorney Steve Sorenson. When the men returned they held another vote where it was 5-3 in favor of Rossing.

Rog also alleges Frederickson allowed the men to speak privately and not reveal what was said.

Rog has also filed a complaint against Sorenson over the matter with the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

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