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Another closed meeting is set for complaints against Waverly mayor

Dec. 8, 2008

By Lynda Jensen

WAVERLY, MN – Another closed meeting has been set in relation to complaints filed by city staff against outgoing Waverly Mayor Ken Hausladen.

The closed meeting will be conducted during a portion of the regular city council meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9.

In the past, there have been closed meetings conducted to address charges of misconduct against Hausladen, as confirmed by City Attorney Rhonda Pagel of the law firm Young, Brown & Pagel of Annandale.

In the past, City Council Member Deb Hausladen, who is Ken’s wife, was excused from closed meetings since the attorney told her that she was “disqualified from participating,” according to minutes provided by Pagel.

Over the summer, it was decided during a special city council meeting July 14 to keep the mayor from having personal contact with city staff due to the nature of the complaints, according to city council minutes.

A motion was made, and unanimously approved 5-0, “that due to the situation with staff complaints, there will be no one-to-one contact between the mayor and city staff unless another council member is present who is not a relative, until the investigation is completed.”

Check signing and other necessary items that are normally done by the mayor are being taken care of after office hours when staff are not present.

When it is applicable, City Council Member Ken Antil has performed the duties of acting mayor. He was voted in as official mayor Nov. 4 during elections.

Neither Ken Hausladen, nor his wife Deb, filed for office. Their last meeting is Tuesday.


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