KCE, after confirming with an insider at Salem Lakes Village hall, can confirm that Rich Scholze and his law office of Wanasek, Scholze, Ludwig, Ekes & Wishau, S.C. are out as the Villages legal counsel. Sources confirm that Village President Rita Bucur asked for his resignation, and she got it.
Bucur, however, wouldn’t confirm or deny this immediately, when contacted by KCE. On an upcoming special agenda, there is an item labeled “Village Legal Services,” which prompted our inquest. Scholze had very little knowledge of municipal law – this author successfully sued the Village. I am a high school graduate and he is a lawyer, having four years of undergraduate college, three years of law school, and 34 years as a licensed attorney. I walked all over him in court and prevailed. He is either one of the worst attorneys in Wisconsin, or he knew his legal argument was disingenuous and deliberately misinterpreted the law to shield his friend Mike Murdock from embarrassment.
Scholze was embattled for the last several years, seemingly giving his friends and clients, the village board, bad legal advice that shielded them from accountability. Scholze often missed meetings as well. According to village insiders, he took a very long time to respond to emails and return phone calls.
Scholze is also a Town of Burlington Municipal judge. It’s about the equivalent of being third string player for the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. He presides over parking tickets and other trivial matters. However minute, he commands more respect than other attorneys as a “judge.” In fact, one need not be a lawyer to be a municipal judge.
The new board was replaced earlier this year by a village that brought proverbial pitchforks to meeting after meeting. There were several mandates assumed onto the new board. One, to get rid of the embattled administrator, Mike Murdock, and the other, to get rid of the villages attorney. Both have happened in the first six months of the new board.
KCE spoke to three village residents and business owners who were pleased to hear of Scholze’s firing. “It’s very hard to get things done as a village board if you have an attorney who is still working for the old board and bureaucrats. His departure will open new opportunities for this new board to move forward,” said a Village politics insider and business owner.“
“I’m very happy that this new board and village president are draining the swamp, so to speak. Murdock and Scholze stood in the way of so many great ideas and initiatives. I’m excited for what is coming,” said a Salem Lakes Tax-Payer.
KCE reached out to Scholze and he didn’t respond to our request for comment.