Green Bay alderman Guy Zima is denying that city employees have ever filed a complaint against him, even though there is a long paper trail of complaints against Zima within the walls of city hall.
On Wednesday, the ethics board had to reschedule the hearing for a code of conduct complaint filed against Zima by Green Bay alderwoman Barbara Dorff. Two ethics board members had to bow out due to conflicts of interest, while one board member was absent.
In an interview with Local 5 after the hearing had to be rescheduled, Zima said there has never been a complaint filed against him by a Green Bay city employee.
“I told you, and you misunderstood it of course, and you put it on Facebook, and it’s been given to me already or you’ve tweeted it or something, you have a problem, because what I told you was that there is no filed complaint and you just wanted to fight with me about that,” Zima said to the Local 5 reporter. “There is no filed complaint against me. Go check the record. I’ll give you a copy of it if you like, here would you like to see it folks? I’ll give you a copy.”
Zima handed local news media a two-page document that he says was his open records request to the city of Green Bay imploring what complaints where filed against him.
However, the documents did not show or cite Zima’s original inquiry about the records he wanted to see.
“This is an open records request, can you read this here?,” Zima said. “It says pursuant to review of our records it’s been determined that there are no such records.”
Zima did not acknowledge the documented reports of his behavior toward city employees that span across the decades he has been an alderman.
One report goes as far back as 2004, where a city employee alleged that Zima put his hands around their neck.
Last year, Zima asked a city employee if she made a Kim Kardashian-esque sex tape on her wedding night with her husband, a comment he admitted to the city’s director of human resources, who then had to write a report about the incident.
The employee told the director of human resources that she feared Zima would retaliate against her if she spoke up about it.
Zima’s comments and actions toward employees over the years are well-documented in the 28-page complaint alderwoman Barbara Dorff filed against him, who also filed an open records request with the city about Zima so she could compile evidence about his behavior.
“Well sure, it was in the open records request that I provided within the complaint,” Dorff said. “It does show that some of those things were investigated, and then if you remember back in December, was when he was forbidden to come to city hall to meet one-on-one with employees. So definitely complaints have been filed, probably not to this ethics board, and so this is where it maybe belongs. And that’s why I’m bringing it forward.”
The hearing about the complaint against Zima has not yet been rescheduled by the ethics board.