Crandon group wants to recall mayor Submitted: 05/28/2014
CRANDON - A group of people in Crandon wants its mayor out of office. They say Rob Jaeger wants complete control of the city, doesn't allow the public to speak at meetings, and tries to fire employees who disagree with him. Larry Alsteen is leading a signature collection drive for Jaeger's recall. Alsteen thinks Jaeger's leadership of Crandon is inappropriate.

"He would run it himself. That's the way he wants it to be," says Alsteen. "He wants to be the number one guy. He wants to get rid of his committees and just run it himself." Jaeger is in his second term as Crandon's mayor. His opponents need at least 152 signatures to force a recall election. They're about halfway there, and expect to turn in enough signatures by next week. Opponents haven't had a problem getting people to sign. "A lot of them say, yeah, give me the pen. That's what most of them do say. A lot of them ask what the reason is, and we give them some of the reasons," says Alsteen. "It's not right. He wants to raise taxes again. He's already been reprimanded from the D.A. for open meetings laws. He wants to run everything for himself. That's not right." We talked to Mayor Jaeger briefly on the phone Wednesday while he worked his other job, at the Forest County Sheriff's Department. He said he couldn't talk about the issue during the day. A recall election would be held within six weeks of signatures being turned in.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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