LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A local political group's complaint against the La Crosse County Administrator is now being looked at by the Wisconsin Deparment of Justice.
Earlier this year, the La Crosse Tea Party filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board against County Administrator Steve O'Malley for what the group says was political campaigning regarding a referendum to hire a City Administrator for the City of La Crosse. The referendum failed in the April vote.
The La Crosse Tea Party contends emails sent and received by O'Malley from his county email account during violated a county ordinance.
In July, the La Crosse County Ethics Board ruled O'Malley was actually doing his job in promoting efficiencies by having a City Administrator. The Tea Party said following that hearing the board didn't examine whether or not O'Malley violated state law by campaigning during work time.
The GAB referred the case to the La Crosse County District Attorney's office. Given a potential conflict of interest, District Attorney Tim Gruenke asked the Department of Justice to look at the issue.
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