It appears that the recall efforts in Muskego have come to an end, as Muskego for Ethical Government has decided "it is no longer appropriate to submit signatures" and will suspend its efforts to recall Alderman Keith Werner.
Despite having enough signatures and issuing a statement indicating they were moving forward even though Werner is resigning in June, the group cited "lengthy court battles and exorbitant legal fees" as part of the reason for the change of mind.
"Based on communications between MEG and staff attorneys at the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, MEG recognizes that filing the signatures for recall would set the stage for a precedent setting judicial case," treasurer Deb Bolton stated in a release on behalf of MEG. "While we believe that the end result would be a recall election that would fulfill our obligation to the citizens of District 4, we do not see this as a reasonable choice. It would leave the citizens of District 4 without representation for an unacceptable length of time and would turn Muskego into a courtroom drama. This is not in the city’s best interest."
The City will now be able to proceed with a request for applicants for the vacancy to fill the position by council vote.