RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander alderwoman will not face criminal charges for an alleged incident at city hall. Dawn Rog says the accusations were "grossly overblown" and a "blatant attempt" at character assassination.
Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek sent a letter Friday explaining why he did not plan to file charges or a citation against Rog.
A city-contracted IT worker named Peggy Schauer told police Rog yelled at her and pushed her in the City Hall basement on Feb. 21.
Schauer told police she had been asked by City Administrator Daniel Guild to work on computer servers.
Rog told police she was trying to stop Schauer from committing a crime and did not push her, rather just touched Schauer's coat with her finger in a sweeping motion.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Office looked into the reports as an outside agency. A detective referred disorderly conduct and misconduct in office charges to the Oneida County District Attorney, but the decision on whether or not to file charges rested with Schiek.
In an email sent to Newswatch 12 on Friday afternoon, Rog called Schauer a "follower" of Guild, and demanded she send an apology to the sheriff's offices, district attorney, taxpayers, and Rog herself.
"I thank the District Attorney Michael Schiek for reaching a fair decision reflecting the fact that there was no violation of any criminal statute or local ordinance, and that reports on this 30-second episode were much ado about nothing," Rog wrote in a statement.
"It does, however, highlight the deep divide between certain members of the City Council vs. the City Administrator and Mayor on how we need to go about protecting the public's right to know about what goes on at City Hall.
Rog and Guild have had their own moments of tension in the last several months, including a demand
from the alderwoman for more openness and honesty from the administrator.
In his letter addressed to Schauer, Schiek said the incident, while not criminal, more closely resembles a "daily occurrence of miscommunication, mistrust, and hostile work environment."
Rog says she's received texts, emails, letters, and flowers from supporters since news of the incident broke via various media outlets, including Newswatch 12.
"Having lived here and served the City for nearly 25 years, [constituents] are the ones who know me best and I sincerely thank you for your tremendous show of support these last weeks," Rog said. "I look forward to moving forward with city business in the most professional ways we can, given most of the same obstacles remain firmly in place, if not more so. For my part, I vow to do my very best."