County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.
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Abele Cannot Dodge Judicial Review

Lipscomb Says Let the Court Decide

By - Dec 22nd, 2015 04:49 pm

Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., criticized County Executive Chris Abele’s continued delay tactics in a lawsuit over Abele’s continued compensation of political appointees in excess of limits put in place by the legislative branch.

In one example, Hector Colon, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services and an Abele appointee, was given an improper raise of nearly $50,000 to $175,000.

Lipscomb filed a brief today with the court along with a motion to adjust the timeline of the case so it can be heard sooner. (See the attached documents which were filed today in the case.)

“The County Executive is not above the law, but he is delaying this case and attempting to avoid review by the courts of his unilateral actions,” Lipscomb said. “There is a difference of opinion about the law, and we’re asking the court to make a judgment. Apparently, the County Executive doesn’t even want the courts looking at his unilateral actions.”

This latest filing comes on the heels of pending legislation circulated last week to grant the County Executive even more power than he already has amassed. (LRB 2999/1)

“Given his preference for acting outside of a system with checks and balances, it is no surprise that this is the County Executive’s second attempt to delay resolution of these outstanding legal questions,” Lipscomb said.

Abele’s first filing delayed court action by at least 24 days, and his current filing delays it further, perhaps even evading a decision until after the spring election.

“It is time for clarity, and I trust the court to definitively rule on whether the County Executive can unilaterally give his appointees huge pay increases without Board oversight,” Lipscomb said.


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