On Politics not on agenda: Rock County 5.0 officials
Ken Hendricks was a brilliant businessman who cared deeply about Rock County and it's citizens. People knew he was a conservative but he chose not to be a lightening rod for the controversy his wife seems to enjoy! It's obvious she's aiming higher in the Republican Party--just like her "boy",Scott Walker--than what WI has to offer. Under her husband's oversight, ABC Supply didn't need to unionize. He treated his employees well and paid them a living wage. I have no idea what the current wage/benefit structure is in the companies she owns but her focus on WI becoming a "right to work" state doesn't bode well for her employees. There's no doubt that the Rock County 5.0 group is a political arm of the Ryan/Walker agenda because Walker's recent allegiance to the movers and shakes in Janesville didn't happen by accident. It's too bad because the citizens of Rock County deserve so much better!
On Rock County hired attorney to probe HR director
To Gandalf: no axe to grind but definitely "insider" experience with both parties.This is not the 1st time that Mr. Schroeder has been called upon to "assist" Rock County administration in an "investigation". Although his fee is modest, he is well aware of who is footing the bill....interpret that however you want to. Tom is a great guy and I have enjoyed knowing him personally and professionally over the years. Describing Mr. Kuglitch as a victim, without witnessing his professional skills first-hand, is an interesting choice of words. Rumors abound in Rock County and they are selectively listened to....there are any number of people that would attest to that. Ask the couple who recently settled (out of court after the ruling went in their favor) about the discriminatory employment practices that abound in the County!!
Mr Schroeder's rate wasn't inflated at all (smirking)! He's discovered a great cash cow in retirement. He chose not to continue representing the County (as the former Corp Counsel--Mr. Kuglitch's current job) and skipped merrily in to the retirement sunset with his golf clubs over his shoulder..... only to be "called" back to service when the representation they currently have (aka Jeff Kuglitch) proves inadequate/inept. Think the County Board should care? Absolutely! Do they? Absolutely not or the circus would have left town by now!!
On After four requests, Gazette gets open records
Maybe Jeff Kuglitch, given the fact that he chose to ignore the Atty General's compliance guide (re: the open records law), should run for the AG position? It's obvious that he struggles with holding his own as a public employee since the former Corp Counsel, Tom Schroeder, continues to be the "go to guy" even though he's been "retired" for several years!! The Rock County taxpayers have a right to know the information requested by the Gazette and Kuglitch has demonstrated a pattern of pulling out any "stall tactic" available (check out the "recent" scandals involving Rock County and it's administrative decisions). The taxpayer's had better hope that the budget includes a sufficient amount of $$ to pay it's portion of the settlements reached when the individuals (who have been wrongfully accused and/or terminated) hold the Rock County administration (including the County Board members who continue to look the other way) accountable through the courts.
On Documents show no probe into misconduct
Hopefully Marv Wopat, as a member of the Rock County Human Services Board, will start to lift the wool from his eyes and take an honest look at how (under Ms. Klyve's 'direction') the needs of the children/famlies in Rock County are NOT being served! Ms. Klyve only lies when her lips are moving or when her fingers are composing a memo to Rock County administration or members of the Human Services Board. The recent 'reveal' should shake the entire system to it's CORE if anything is ever going to change and the most meaningful 'core' change is to have Charmian Klyve follow John Becker's lead--with the "caution" not to let the door hit her on the way out!!
On Edgerton EMS manager charged with drunken driving
Shorty: Your comments are classic examples of what Rock County/surrounding communities have come to expect from Edgerton or, for the matter, the Tavern League lobbyists! It's no wonder WI drunk driving statistics are a huge source of embarassment when compared to the rest of the country! Mr. Fonder's comments don't reflect the qualities most citizens would identify as important (i.e. maturity, accountability, etc.) in emergency services personnel; let alone the MANAGER of an emergency services program!
On Juvenile justice officials allege unethical, illegal behavior
As I stated previously, this isn't the 1st time that RCHSD has been the target of public outrage! The difference is the blatant disregard for the legal/moral mandates exhibited by Charmian Klyve and her minions in spite of this history! To fi00: you obviously have knowledge of how the elected representative and legal systems should work but little/no knowledge of it those systems are actually 'working' in Rock County! Attending a county board meeting and holding the elected officals accountable in a public venue is scary for most of the citizenry; which is why this horrific abuse of power has been allowed to continue. The memos embedded in the most recent article clearly outline Ms. Graf's efforts to identify a resolution internally but Mr. Knutson only met with JJS staff AFTER the DA's office and members of local law enforcement (sans Sheriff Spoden....shame on you!) went public with their concerns. That said, given the problems that the state is facing, it is unlikely that there is a role for anyone in Madison to assume responsibility for solving Rock County's problems with the HSD. Without pressure from the taxpayers, this issue will fade away....again....like it has in the past which is exactly why/how Charmian Klyve has managed to remain in power as long as she has!
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On Mercury Marine to close Okla. plant within 2 years
On Rock County DA intervened on juvenile cases to protect public
southmain51: your username indicates your affiliation/perspective. You appear to be confusing the administrative review panel (referenced in Chpt 48 and 938 as an alternative to judicial reviews being scheduled every 6 months for all children placed in foster homes, group homes, and residential placements) and the Juvenile Justice Division's internal review panel that was implemented in the early 2000's to limit the out-of-honw placement costs. In addition to the administrative review requirements, the juvenile probation officers were/are required to obtain "permission" from an internal review panel (within the JJS Division) before placing a juvenile needing services (JIPS or delinquency) in an out-of-home placement....at any level, including the JDC! The administrative review panel that is convened is a 3 person panel that includes one member who is employed by the HSD and 2 members who are community volunteers. The JJS internal panel includes supervisors/administrators in the JJS Division/HSD--no "outsiders" are involved/invited! The DMC initiatives were not implemented in Rock County until late 2006-07. It's been well documented that, while juvenile crime has been declining, the severity of the crimes has steadily increased. Imagine the frustration experienced by a member of law enforcement who places his/her life at risk apprehending a juvenile offender only to have admission to the JDC "denied" by the 'on call' juvenile probation officer because of budgetary restrictions/administrative mandates rather than community safety! Trust me, the number of "success" stories that are touted by the HSD administration are skewed (re: the DMC initiative and alternatives to incarceration). You're able to justify anything when it's your agency gathering the outcome data and continued funding (state and federal) depends upon the numbers you generate! Instead of closing the JDC and having many of those employees enter the ranks of the unemployed in Rock County, it may be more fiscally prudent and community responsive to examine the expenditures that have NO impact on county service delivery (i.e. why is it necessary for the County to pay for Ms. Klyve to keep her law license current when she isn't a practicing attorney in her current position???)! Linda Graf is employed as a juvenile probation officer who happens to be the union president. Given the current climate in the HSD, the demands on her time (in the capacity of union president) severely limit the amount of time she has available to do her 'real' job! Fiscally prudent....not so much!!
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