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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Milwaukee County executive

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the county board chairman against the county executive.

Judge William Sosnay said Monday only the county board can sue unless supervisors adopt a resolution directing its chairman to act on their behalf.

Chairman Theodore Lipscomb wants legal clarification on whether County Executive Chris Abele has unilateral authority to award pay raises to his political appointees who aren’t covered by civil service rules.

Lipscomb also wants a judge to decide whether Abele is obligated to attend county board meetings when requested. Lipscomb says he’ll refile the lawsuit.

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