SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WFRV-TV)Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan says his past demons do not stop him from performing his job as mayor. He's hoping voters look at his track record for economic growth in today's recall election.
From acquiring new land for a green business park, to twelve and a half acres of lakefront for future corporate development, Mayor Ryan says the city is on the move for expansion.
"We've laid the foundation for future growth for bringing in new companies. My job is to stay here and make sure to get those companies here."
But his ethics were called into question after incidents of public drunkeness and allegations of sexual harassment. The Mayor refused to resign. Instead he stuck with it, going through intense out patient treatment.
"I am in constant contact with people in recovery and I feel good. I am now firing on all cylinders."
Ryan is hoping voters will look at his track record while in office. With the city debt down 20%, undesignated cash reserves up 50% and tourism on the upswing, Mayor Ryan says his vision and goal remains the same.
"The legacy I want to leave behind is a city that is in a much better condition when I'm finished than when I started. The quality of life for our citizens is much better when I'm finished than when I started."
The Sheboygan City Clerk's office says today's recall election will cost taxpayers roughly $75,000. If Mayor Ryan wins today's recall election, it's not the end of the road. The Sheboygan Common Council still reserves the right to reconsider removal proceedings.