Ald Bohl has a knack for constituent services
Milwaukee Alderman Jim Bohl is under investigation for allegedly using the power of his office to push a landlord into evicting a couple of sex offenders.
The warrant indicates investigators were seeking evidence of misconduct in public office, and threats to injure or accuse of a crime.
According to the search warrant affidavit, Bohl told the landlord’s property manager in October that the two tenants “needed to go” from a house in the 3200 block of N. 77th St.
The men, both on supervised release under the state’s Chapter 980 law that allows civil commitment beyond prison sentences for certain sex offenders, were placed in the house through an August contract established by the state Department of Health Services, which oversees Chapter 980 subjects.
Within a few a days of the conversation, the property owner, Jeff Stockinger, told his manager that he’d recently been hit with orders to correct a variety of violations at his properties. All were from the same inspector, Vandre, and dated Oct. 15 through Oct. 18.
On Oct. 24, Stockinger and his property manager, Jim Miller, met with Bohl. According to Miller, Bohl said he was sorry to “play hardball” but that under no circumstances would he allow the sex offenders to live in his district.
After Miller agreed to ask the state to break the lease, Bohl told Stockinger the many code violation orders would be “magically lost” and Stockinger could avoid the $20,000 to $40,000 repairs the orders called for, according to the affidavit.
I think you would be hard-pressed to find many constituents that would think Bohl did anything wrong. Did he personally benefit? It doesn’t sound like it.
Interestingly, Bohl is being represented by attorney Mike Maistelman, which is unmentioned in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story. Part of Maistelman’s practice is helping businesses fight city hall red tape.
Maistelman’s office released the following statement Thursday from Ald. Bohl:
“As my constituents well know, the safety of the residents of my district has been and always will be my number one priority. It is disappointing to see these allegations made public before a full examination of the facts was completed. I look forward to working with investigators to answer any and all questions and to resolve any outstanding issues.”
It’ll be interesting to see if it goes to trial what a jury of Bohl’s peers will do.