GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s mayor is asking a judge to halt a petition from a resident asking the City Council to remove him from office after he pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.
The attorney for Mayor Jim Schmitt says the violations happened when he was a private citizen running for office and unrelated to his mayoral duties. WLUK-TV reports that Schmitt’s court filing Tuesday argues the council lacks jurisdiction to consider the petition because it does not allege misconduct that warrants his removal under state law.
The City Council plans to review the resident’s request Monday.
In December, Schmitt was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations.
A special prosecutor concluded Schmitt accepted more than $10,000 in illegal contributions.