Mayville Council Meets In Closed Session To Discuss Lawsuit

(Mayville) The Mayville Common Council met in closed session for one hour Wednesday night to discuss a claim for compensation by a former city police officer. Mark Forster is asking for a year’s worth of pay and benefits totaling $65-thousand dollars stemming from an alleged violation of a confidentiality/non-defamation agreement contained in his 2016 resignation. In a letter to the city dated November 30th, Forster’s attorney Sean E. Lees claims then Acting-Chief Ryan Vossekuil broke a clause stating that all parties keep the events leading to the agreement strictly confidential and that the agreements terms and conditions are not to be disclosed to any anyone other than Forster’s spouse, attorneys, union representatives and tax or financial advisors, unless compelled to do so by law. Lees says Vossekuil, who became chief of police in October, sent a letter on August 31st regarding a perceived conflict of interest on the city council to the city clerk and Dodge County Sheriff. In that letter Vossekuil mentioned he investigated an alleged incident of misconduct by Forster while employed as a Mayville police officer. Lees maintains that the mention of the alleged misconduct violates the confidentiality agreement and entitles Forster to return to his job in the Mayville Police Department. Lees writes Forster should receive a year’s pay with benefits in return for his position. During last night’s meeting, Alderwoman Rachel Forster, who is Mark Forster’s husband, abstained from the proceedings. No action was taken after last night’s closed session. Lees states in his letter that while he hopes to resolve the matter without litigation, his client is prepared to file a lawsuit.