Open Government

City of Green Bay Denies Open Records Request, Again

The Green Bay Mayor’s office is sticking by its contention that departmental spending requests are not subject to the state’s open records law. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert refused the request, saying the requests are drafts and therefore are exempt from the open records law. On Monday […]

Policy

Did Green Bay Get the Law Right on a Recent Open Records Request?

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that the Green Bay Mayor’s office refused to release the spending requests  that city department heads presented to Mayor Jim Schmitt as part of his 2018 budget preparation. The Press-Gazette reported that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert denied an open records request for the documents, saying they are drafts […]

Open Government

Green Bay MSM Ignores Developer’s Claims About Mayor

For several months, Green Bay aldermen have been accusing Mayor Jim Schmitt of lying about the purpose of requested loan for the embattled Hotel Northland downtown redevelopment. On June 2nd, a former developer in the project, Mike Frantz, substantiated the aldermen’s claims on a radio talk show. As of today, only one other Green Bay […]

Policy

Who Made Anonymous Green Bay Open Records Request? UPDATED

The City of Green Bay received an open records request for text, emails and social media messages from alderpersons involving two recent city controversies. The request was made anonymously, which is allowed under state law: 1.       All emails, text messages and social media private message from the alderpersons to each and Mike Frantz, Dennis Doucette […]

Campaigns

Green Bay Mayor Sat for a Year on Letter Clearing 3 Aldermen

Media Trackers has learned that Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt was told a year ago that a campaign finance investigation against three aldermen had been closed but said nothing. Schmitt, in December 2015, requested the investigation after one was launched into his campaign finances. The probe into the Mayor’s finances ultimately led to misdemeanor conviction charges […]