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New documents present new insight in Mosinee Fire Dept. resignations

Doug Jennings (L), Emily Dobeck (R) Doug Jennings (L), Emily Dobeck (R)

Records released to News 9 Wednesday provide a potential backstory to the abrupt resignations of Mosinee Fire Chief Doug Jennings and Deputy Chief Emily Dobeck. 

They both stepped down back in January, and were connected professionally before entering their roles in Mosinee. 

Newly released documents obtained through an open records request contain a personal statement, as well as letters to the mayor of Mosinee regarding complaints about Jennings and Dobeck. 

The former fire department employees filed a motion back in February to block those records from being released. But the judge did not rule in their favor. 

One file, a statement from someone who worked with Jennings, outlines explicit details about his alleged sexual relationship with another person on-staff. Per that report, some of those sexual encounters took place at the fire department. No names besides Jennings' were released in that file.

Another document was a letter to the mayor from an individual who said she saw a man receiving oral sex from a woman while leaning against a Mosinee ambulance parked in a wooded area. No names were listed in that letter.

Other letters to the mayor listed complaints about how Jennings and Dobeck behaved at work. Some people claimed the two would gang up on and bully other employees. The complaints also stated Dobeck and Jennings would be missing for extended periods of time during their shifts. 

We tried to reach Jennings over the phone, on Facebook and at his home, but did not receive a response.

However, when he initially filed the motion to block the release of these documents, he claimed the allegations made against him were false and defamatory. But the judge ruled that his "right to privacy" was diminished in this case because Jennings is a public figure and the complaints were work-related.

Mosinee Mayor Brent Jacobson issued the following statement in response: 

This was an extremely unfortunate and disappointing situation for our Department and the communities it includes to be in. However, in the wake of abrupt personnel changes at the highest level of the Department, I could not have been more proud of our volunteer members and veteran officers who came together to ensure that our communities continued to have full and immediate emergency services without missing a beat. We are at a new chapter in our Department that we are proud of and excited about with the coming of a new chief who we have the trust and confidence in to lead us going forward.

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