City Times Staff
Phil Idsvoog, Portage Co. Board Chairman, sits behind his desk while on the phone with Jennifer Jossie, the county’s finance director, on Wednesday.
Idsvoog said he and others in county government can now comment on a recently-released legal opinion that says the county’s finance committee violated a state open meetings law in Jan. 18 when it illegally entered into closed session meeting. During that meeting, the county hired an outside law firm to investigate the Portage Co. Treasurer’s Office.
Idsvoog said he’s remains unable to comment on the investigation into the treasurer’s office because it is still an open one.
“But there is some information sitting in front of the [Wisconsin] Attorney General,” Idsvoog said, “And once that investigation is complete, we should have some information to share, based on what the A.G. says.”
Regarding the illegal closed meeting, Idsvoog said there was no intention to violate the law.
“We consulted with the law firm used by the Wisconsin Counties Association for the wording on that meeting agenda, and we felt that was sufficient,” he said. “From now on, maybe we’ll get two legal opinions before we enter into closed session.”
The county has taken some heat via social media over the investigation into the treasurer’s office, but Idsvoog said the county would be subject to just as much criticism if they hadn’t.
“It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” he said.