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BREAKING: Rhinelander City Council terminates City Admin. AschenbrennerSubmitted: 08/30/2016
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner finds herself out of a job this week.  City attorney Carrie Miljevich confirmed the city council voted 6-2 Monday night to remove Aschenbrenner following a closed-door performance review. The vote was effective immediately.

Alderman Mark Pelletier moved to remove Aschenbrenner in open session and Alderman Sherrie Belliveau seconded the motion. Aldermen Tom Gleason and Steve Sauer voted against the decision.

"The city council has determined to move in a new direction," council president George Kirby said via phone Tuesday morning.  Kirby stressed the move was not a "firing," but declined an on-camera interview at this time.

Aschenbrenner was hired in August 2015 and started September 8. She beat three other candidates for the job.


Aschenbrenner replaced former administrator Blaine Oborn, who left to take a similar job in Lake Geneva. Aschenbrenner came to Rhinelander from Eau Claire, where she had served as a district court administrator.

The council did not discuss a plan to choose an interim city administrator at the meeting.

Kirby said the city attorney, Mayor Dick Johns, and himself will work together to begin the search for a new administrator.  In the meantime, all city business will flow through the mayor's office and department heads.

 This story will be updated.


Story By: Lane Kimble

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