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Recall-winning mayor to take office Friday

CRANDON (WAOW) - Fresh from a landslide win in a rare and historic recall election, Crandon's new mayor will take office late Friday, City Clerk Cindy Bradley said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, city voters ousted Mayor Rob Jaeger and replaced him with 60-year-old semi-retired businessman Dennis Rosa.

Rosa got 67 percent of the vote, winning 378 to 184, as about 50 percent of the city's eligible voters cast ballots, about the same turnout as voted in the recall attempt of Gov. Scott Walker two years ago, Bradley said.

"That is very good," she said.

The vote was the first-ever recall in Crandon history, Bradley said.

Critics of Jaeger cited political differences as the motive for the special election.

Crandon's part-time mayor is paid $22,000 a year plus expenses, Bradley said. Rosa will be sworn into office after 5 p.m. on Friday.

Neither Rosa or Jaeger immediately returned telephone messages Wednesday.

Jaeger served a two-year term as mayor before being elected to a new four-year term without opposition in 2012, Bradley said.

Rosa founded Rosa Trailer Manufacturing, which makes logging trailers, and sold it about two years ago to some employees, Bradley said. He now works part-time at the business, she said.

Kevin Kennedy of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which regulates and monitors elections, said recalling city officials is rare but not unusual. In recent months, the mayor of Sheboygan was ousted from office in a recall.

Prior to 2011 before the uproar over changes to collective bargaining for public employees, including teachers, only six state lawmakers had been targeted for recall and two were ousted, he said.

Since the passage of what became known as Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker and 13 state senators were subjects of recall elections, he said. Three of the senators lost their jobs, he said.

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