UPDATE: Former DA representing Eau Claire Co. DA Gary King releases statement
EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - UPDATE: Former Dane County District Attorney Hal Harlowe released a statement Thursday saying he will be representing DA King in the investigation by the Governor’s Office.
”We look forward to publicly responding to the accusations that have been made against him. For more than 10 years, Gary has served the Eau Claire community with distinction. No one can credibly deny that he has thrown his heart and soul into the job of District Attorney, worked ridiculously long hours and produced remarkable results. We hope that the public that Gary has served—including local officials—will not rush to judgment on incomplete information and will first allow the Governor to reach a decision based upon a deliberative and fair process. I think Gary has earned that much. Fundamental fairness demands no less. We respect the role of the news media in this matter. Going forward, however, our focus will be upon presenting evidence in the upcoming proceeding and will accept its results,” said Attorney Harlowe.
EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Gary King continues to serve as Eau Claire County District Attorney as he is investigated by the office of Governor Tony Evers.
King is out of the office for the rest of the week and is taking voluntary leave for the next two weeks according to DA Office Manager Eric Huse. During that time, his cases will be handled by assistant DAs.
Huse says King is “still the DA of Eau Claire County” and there is no alternate plan in place for when King returns from leave, however his access to the office and courthouse is limited.
On Monday, County Administrator Kathryn Schauf wrote a letter to King alerting him of his limited access. According to the letter, King will have access to the District Attorney’s Office but he will be barred from other areas of the courthouse. Schauf also told King he will have to use the public entrance to the building during open hours and go through the security checkpoint to access the second floor.
After receiving a verified letter of complaint regarding King, Governor Evers appointed a commissioner to investigate the claims made against him. Once the commissioner conducts a hearing, Evers will decide whether or not King can keep his job as District Attorney.
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