Rhinelander employee group declares 'full confidence' in city administrator Guild at Monday meetingSubmitted: 05/13/2019
Rhinelander employee group declares 'full confidence' in city administrator Guild at Monday meeting
Story By Ben Meyer

RHINELANDER - Two months ago, five Rhinelander city employees signed a letter declaring "no confidence" in City Administrator Daniel Guild.

But on Monday night, 15 employees and representatives made public a letter declaring full confidence in Guild.

The new letter declares support for Guild and Mayor Chris Frederickson, saying the pair is moving forward with needed changes to the city.

"Mr. Guild continues to keep his employees informed and in-the-know," the letter, presented to the Common Council by Public Works employee Kris Arneson, reads in part.

In March, Public Works Director Tim Kingman spoke to the Rhinelander Common Council of a hostile work environment under Guild, saying he creates an "atmosphere of intimidation and the fear of retribution."

Kingman presented a letter signed by himself, City Clerk Val Foley, Deputy Clerk Mary Stoll, Utility Billing Clerk Beth Mannikko, and Guild's assistant, Stephanie Rajnicek. Rajnicek has since resigned, citing conflict and tensions in City Hall.

At the March meeting, Guild barely survived a suspension vote by the Common Council.

But in Monday's letter, more than a dozen employees and representatives came to Guild's defense.

"We do not fear Daniel Guild, but we do fear those who have spoken against him," the letter reads.

That's likely a reference to Kingman himself. Several Rhinelander Public Works employees criticized the work environment under Kingman at an April 22 Council meeting. Many of those same employees signed the letter released Monday.

"As employees we feel Mr. Guild is moving forward on checking into why the Rhinelander City seemed to be a hostile work environment, but we see more negative press on Guild come forward," the letter states.

It criticizes negative media coverage of Guild, including references to his previous job as Weston Village Administrator. Guild served a 30-day suspension while on that job.

Read the "full confidence" letter below.

Related Weblinks:
Full Confidence Letter.pdf

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