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Clintonville city administrator Lisa Kotter remains on leave during investigation

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CLINTONVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Clintonville's city administrator will remain on leave after council members Tuesday night were divided about the next move in dealing with allegations involving Lisa Kotter.

Council members decided in closed session to refer a labor attorney to make the decision about whether Kotter misused city funds for family vacations while on work trips.

After the meeting, Kotter said she was disappointed.

“Yes, obviously, because I had indicated to them that it’s been two weeks that they’ve been paying me to stay home and do my job. I’d like to do my job,” Kotter told FOX 11.

“The motion was made to refer this personnel matter to the city’s labor attorney for further action and that passed six to four,” Jeannie Schley, Clintonville City Council President, told FOX 11.

Clintonville Mayor Judith Magee says to her knowledge, Kotter’s trips had seemed legitimate.

“She’s been here 17 years and she’s been on eight trips. She could have gone on 17. And those are being misconstrued that she took her family on vacation, paid for by the city. And that is not true. We have all the receipts from the hotels and the convention centers,” said Magee.

City officials say this investigation has cost about $10,000. Kotter has been on paid leave since May 13.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11)

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