Alderman Guy Zima fires back at Green Bay City Attorney over restrictions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Green Bay Alderman Guy Zima is responding to the city attorney who imposed restrictions on his access to city staff after complaints of misconduct. He told Local 5's Kris Schuller the allegations are false and the city won't limit his right to free speech.

Alderman Guy Zima is firing back at city hall, angry over this letter from the city attorney's office outlining complaints of alleged misconduct involving him and city staff.

“I don't really believe there are any complaints other than the innuendo that City Attorney Vanessa Chavez is trying to turn into something,” said Zima.

Local 5 obtained a copy of that letter from Chavez outlining 12 complaints raised by staff who felt harassed and threatened by Zima.  Reports of him yelling at staff, threatening them, calling them liars and making sexually inappropriate comments of “women rubbing on men" during a Protection and Welfare Committee meeting concerning the Oval Office strip club.

“If people are feeling uncomfortable debating the actual facts going on at a Protection and Welfare meeting or City Council meeting, it is their problem - not mine,” Zima said. 

Because of these complaints Zima can no longer meet with staff individually, all meetings must be in an office, not in public and staff can end the discussion if they feel harassed.

“It's up to the employer to not suborn a hostile work environment and so that is why the parameters were given to Mr. Zima and those parameters were communicated with staff,” said Celestine Jeffreys from Mayor Schmitt’s office.

“I really have nothing to be ashamed of at all. Nothing.  I'd be happy to say everything I've said again,” said Zima.

In a letter Zima sent to Chavez responding to the restrictions he said "I vehemently object to your attempt by innuendo to limit my free speech. " He added “I do not believe in the sexual exploitation of individuals." Later in the letter he wrote "I intend to continue to represent my constituents."

Zima told us - he is not going to change.

“They keep messing with me, I'm going to mess with them.”

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