Ongoing investigation in Black Creek

By Sara Tischauser

In mid August Black Creek Emergency Service director was terminated.
Ryan Schomisch, current EMS director, said Kathy Pasch was terminated in mid August as EMS director. Schomisch said the decision was a group decision of the Rural Fire Committee.
Schomisch said there is an ongoing investigation dealing with Pasch being done by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The Village of Black Creek is currently looking for a new village clerk/treasurer and has an open trustee position on the Village Board.
Connie McDermid, former Village of Black Creek clerk/treasurer, confirmed in an email that her last day as village clerk/treasurer was Sept. 21.
Black Creek Village President Steve Rettler said they did accept McDermid’s resignation. Rettler said that McDermid said she was leaving to spend more time with her mother.
Lori O’Bright, Outagamie County Clerk, said they have reached out to the Village of Black Creek about what the plan is for a replacement clerk.
“We have reached out to the Village regarding their election duties and interim contact information,” O’Bright said. “The clerk/treasurer reported that the Village Board is working very quickly on a replacement.”
O’Bright said that the county clerk is not allowed by law to step in and take over responsibilities, the county clerk’s office is available to answer questions.
“Our office is available as a resource and the Wisconsin Elections Commission staff is also a resource to guide and provide information to municipalities,” O’Bright said. “However, the duties are statutorily restricted to that of the municipality.”
Rettler also confirmed that the Village Board accepted the resignation of Board Trustee Kathy Pasch. The resignation, Rettler said was accepted during the closed session of a Village Board meeting at the end of August. At this time, Rettler said he was unable to give any more information on the resignation.
The newspaper left a message for Kathy Pasch on Sept. 20 for comment on this, but has not gotten a response.