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Musche resigns from Lisbon post

March 4, 2014

Clerk/Administrator Jeff Musche has resigned as part of a settlement agreement with the Lisbon Town Board.

The agreement provides that Musche would resign Feb. 21 and receive $18,842 which would represent the amount of money that the town would have owned him in accrued vacation, sick leave and other medical benefits in addition to separation pay.

The town agreed it would take "no position" regarding any unemployment compensation claims filed by Musche, and both sides agreed to avoid making any disparaging remarks.

Musche has been absent from work with an undisclosed illness since October of 2013. He has been replaced by Interim Clerk/Administrator Liz Kraus who will remain in that position with that title for the remainder of 2014, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

"We thank Jeff for his years of service to Lisbon and wish him the best in the future," said the Town Chairman in a prepared email statement.

Kraus, in an email statement, thanked Musche for "all that he has done for the town ... and for the knowledge he has shared with me. I wish him the best."

In his letter of resignation, Musche said, "Please know that I was proud to serve the Town and its residents for many years; and look back at my tenure with fondness for the great employees and the many volunteers who gave their time and energy to make Lisbon what it is today."

Musche, almost always soft-spoken and seldom controversial, became clerk in 1998 after 11 years as a budget analyst and chief administrator to Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier.

Although he was involved in town border agreements, an unsuccessful effort to incorporate from a town to a village and the decision to dissolve the local police department in favor of a police services contract with the county, Musche was never a central figure in controversies until 2008. During that year, then Town Chairman Michael Reed was highly critical of the job performances of Musche and the town attorney Katheryn Gutenkunst. It was Reed's treatment of Musche and other employees that prompted Gehrke, a then rookie board member, to challenge and upset Reed in his bid for re-election.

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