Ryan to Face Recall in Sheboygan

12/1/11 – Opponents of Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan were successful in forcing a recall election against him. City Clerk Sue Richards said yesterday that enough valid petition signatures were filed to order the Common Council to schedule the vote for January 17th. Ryan is being targeted for three major alcohol-related episodes in the first two-and-a-half years of his four-year term. The latest was in July, when he admitted going on a three-day drinking binge in Elkhart Lake. Recall organizers needed 41-hundred-21 signatures, and they got over 600 more than that. Richards says she won’t know the final number of valid signatures until later today. But she said 10 different computer checks and other processes convinced her that enough signatures were obtained. Richards will give her report to the Council on Monday. Ryan says he won’t challenge the petitions, and he’ll wage what he calls a “vigorous campaign” to keep his job. Ryan admits he’s an alcoholic, and is getting help.