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April 25, 2019

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Investigators recommend charges against Rog for alleged shoving incident
By River News Staff

On Monday, a contractor of the City of Rhinelander publicly alleged she was involved in a physical altercation with city council member Dawn Rog last month. On Thursday, a Vilas County Sheriff's Department investigation into the matter recommended charges be filed against Rog.

City IT contractor Peggy Schauer filed a complaint with the Rhinelander Police Department against Rog for a shoving incident she alleges happened Feb. 21 in the server room of City Hall.

Following an investigation, charges recommenced against Rog include disorderly conduct and misconduct in office. The matter has been turned over to Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek. A spokesperson in the DA's office said the matter is under review.

The complaint received by the RPD was turned over to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, who asked the Vilas County Sheriff's Department to investigate. Because Oneida County Detective Sgt. Ryan Rossing is a member of city council, all inquiries are being handled by outside agencies.

After investigating the incident between Rog and Schauer, Vilas Co. Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Louise Horn recommended criminal charges. Although the investigation of the incident was conducted by Vilas County, Schiek will make the final charging decision.

Schauer spoke at Monday's city council meeting during public comment airing her allegations against Rog and called for the alderpersons to do something about it.

"I am here to night to inform the council, the city employees, the media and the public about the degrading and disrespectful way I was treated by one of the council members, Dawn Rog of District 5, on Feb. 21," she said.

Schauer claimed she was authorized by city administrator Daniel Guild to check a potential issue with a universal power supply in the server room but, when she got there, she was confronted by Rog.

"When I got down to the server room, Dawn Rog came into the server room, yelling and started shaking her finger, and told me that I wasn't allowed to touch anything," Schauer said. "I was to leave the premises immediately; that she would see me behind bars. If I didn't leave immediately, she was going to call the cops.

"Dawn Rog stated that Daniel Guild was not my boss and that she was my boss. I asked her if the other (council) district members knew she was doing this. She then shoved me, my right shoulder, toward the door, the edge of the door, and I left."

Due to open meetings restrictions, Rog could not reply to Schauer's comments.

Both women have declined requests for further comment.

The River News has obtained a copy of Vilas County's investigation report through an open records request and will report further on the matter in a future edition.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Article comment by: JAMES LESCHKE

: In his comments, Mr. Walker makes a number of judgements based on very thin evidence. Firstly, how does Mr. Walker know what Alderperson Rog believes—“this is her city to run and she can do whatever she wants”. Secondly, he thinks that an assault took place-a determination yet to be made by the Court. From what I saw on the channel 12 video, a clip of the investigators interrogation of both parties, it appears that this is a “she said, she said” situation: an event with no corroborating evidence other than the word of the participants. I also have a concern as to whom Mr. Walker is and what his interest is in this situation. Is he a city resident? Is he a city employee? Some visitor just passing through looking to stir up trouble in an already difficult situation?

A longtime city resident and taxpayer.
Jim Leschke

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Article comment by: Jeremy Walker

Another black eye for the city. Alderman Rog putting her hands on another person definitely crosses the line. If alderman Rog felt that someone was doing something illegal she should have called the police. This is another prime example of alderman Rog believing this is her city to run and she can do whatever she wants. Obviously assaulting another individual should be definite grounds for her removal from her seat on city council.

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