A secret meeting was held tonight by the Twin Lakes Fire Department Board of Trustees to decide how to proceed with allegations of sexual harassment against Fire Chief Stan Clause, Jr. Kenosha County Eye was eager to attend this meeting, but no one would tell us where and when it was. It wasn’t posted at the library, and countless Village officials ignored our request for the details. We showed up at the Fire Department at 236 E. Main St around 5pm tonight and we were denied access and told the meeting was “closed to the public.”
KCE has been been made aware of these allegations by at least two whistleblowers at the department. For the last several weeks, we have been attempting to learn from Village President Howard Skinner and Village Administrator Laura Roesslein what the status was of these allegations. We submitted public records requests and they were ignored. It wasn’t until today that Administrator Roesslein admitted that there was an “internal employee investigation” being conducted and she couldn’t comment. Village President Howards Skinner has never responded to an email from Kenosha County Eye. Today we called Clause, emailed and texted him. He did not return any of the communications. We emailed the Twin Lakes Police department to see if there was any criminal investigation. Chief Adam Grosz told us that they have not received any criminal complaints but if they do, they will turn it over to an outside agency.
We emailed the Village Clerk, Sabrina Waswo, to learn the place and time of tonight’s meeting. She told us “The Village does not have any meetings tonight.” We checked with our whistleblower again to confirm and were told that the meeting was indeed tonight. We again reached out to Waswo and she then later came clean, saying “The Twin Lakes Fire Rescue is a separate entity from the Village. I don’t know their meeting schedule.” Rosselein then also finally admitted that there was a meeting tonight, but refused tell us the time or place.
According to the whistle blowers, Clause is having a extra-marital sexual relationship with his stepdaughter and has solicited other firefighters to engage in threesomes. There is also an allegation that Clause spoke to a subordinate inappropriately, talking about how good he was at cunnilingus. While the Twin Lakes Fire Department employees are not technically Village employees, Clause is employed by the Village as its Public Works Director. The Department is also funded by tax dollars. The Village’s attorney and Administrator reportedly met and decided that they don’t need to investigate the allegations because the Fire Department isn’t directly controlled by the Village. The Village’s attorney also declined to return KCE’s communication.
On January 30, 2023, we reported that a Twin Lakes Firefighter crashed his vehicle and was cited for OWI. Fire Chief Stan Clause told us that Firefighter Justin Harman would not face discipline because “this was done at a personal level and NOT while on duty.” At that time, Clause would not provide us with the fire report of the OWI callout. He later relented but tried to charge us $25 for the three-page document. He later relented and emailed it to us for free after we threatened a lawsuit.
This is a breaking story and we will bring you more information as it is received.