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Investigators appointed in Wausau city attorney harassment complaint

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The Wausau City Council has appointed investigators to look at allegations of harassment that were made by the city attorney.

Anne Jacobson filed the complaint, according to a memo from the city's human resources director, Michael Loy, to city council members. Newsline 9 obtained the contents of the memo.

According to the memo, Jacobson claims harassment from city staffers, although the memo doesn't specify who or how. It only said one of Jacobson's concerns involves multiple legal opinions about the city's Thomas Street project, and how some city staffers disregarded an opinion Jacobson requested. That opinion from a law firm was never even presented to the city council while another, more expensive opinion was, according to the memo.

On Monday, after a closed meeting, the city council decided unanimously that the city's human resources director and an attorney will investigate Jacobson's complaint.

City council member Keene Winters, who had requested the city council meet to discuss this issue, said it's important the council supervise this investigation since it involves senior staff.

Winters told Newsline 9 the investigation could take until the end of April.

Newsline 9 talked with Anne Jacobson, but she said she can't comment on the investigation.
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