A Complaint Dismissal Notice was recently released from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission pertaining to a complaint brought by Milton resident Dave Lader against Milton Mayor Anissa Welch.

The complaint was filed with the city on March 1, and a three-member review panel decided against sending the complaint to the city’s ethics commission for further review.

According to the notice sent by the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, the body met on April 9 to consider the complaint against Welch.

“After reviewing the materials presented, the Commission made a finding of no reasonable suspicion that a violation of the law occurred,” the notice, signed by the commission’s staff counsel David P. Buerger, stated.

The complaint was dismissed in accordance with state statute 19.49(2)(b)3, the notice stated. The notice was released to Welch and shared by Welch with the Milton Courier in keeping with her desire to have full transparency, Welch said during a phone interview.

“I believed the complaint was without merit and the dismissal by the city and state ethics commissions puts the question to rest. “I want to move forward; I want us to move forward. The city deserves to have faith in their leadership and I want that for our residents. I’m praying for the Laders to find peace in their lives and focus on the positive contributions they have made to the City of Milton,” Welch said.

Responding by email, Lader wrote that he had no comment.

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