Town of Union board parts ways with treasurer Pederson

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TOWN OF UNION, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Town of Union board decided late Tuesday night to part ways with Jeff Pederson as town treasurer.

In a twist, the decision was made to make this showdown between the embattled treasurer and the board in an open session.

The meeting was, according to the meeting agenda, “to consider dismissal, demotion or discipline” of Pederson. The meeting came after the board’s usual monthly legislative affairs meeting.

Several members of the Eau Claire county government were here for it – including Sheriff Ron Cramer and county treasurer Glenda Lyons – who did speak to the board on errors that were found in Pederson’s records.

Then, Pederson went before the board to address the accusations levied against him. His comments, which were given with much emotion, said that he’d want to stay on with the Town and said he’s done what he can, but says that if he feels the board doesn’t approve with his performance, he should resign.

“I don’t think I can continue to work if there's questions. Obviously, the chair’s comments I find very curious. Yet, there are certain things we can change, but we can't sometimes change perceptions. In my case, the nice thing about everything I've done here, I'm fully accountable.”

After the unanimous vote to part ways, Pederson told the board he will resign as town treasurer effective Thursday, on the basis of no confidence. To that, town board chair Debbie Smith amended and called for him to resign effective tomorrow.

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