1/29/2013 8:28:00 PM Former administrator hits city with election lawsuit
Marney Simon Staff writer
The former city administrator who left the position amid a fiery controversy in 2010 is back, this time naming the city of Braidwood in a lawsuit over the upcoming election.
Former administrator Andy Galatte filed a petition for mandamus (judicial remedy) on Dec. 27, one day after the filing deadline for the April 9 municipal election. Galatte is arguing that the ballot for the April 9 election is incomplete. Voters will be choosing a new mayor to fill the seat vacated by the late Jerry Pressley, who passed away just one month into his term back in 2011.
State statutes require a special election to fill that term at the next available election, which for the city was April 2013. But Galatte says based on how the city is operating, the position of Commissioner of Accounts and Finances should also be on the ballot.
Galatte served as administrator under Mayors Wayne Saltzman and Sue Grygiel, but was ousted by Grygiel in 2010. Galatte then made an unsuccessful bid for Finance Commissioner in the 2011 election. He lost that seat to Bill Rulien, who is currently the acting mayor.
Galatte's lawsuit lists the city of Braidwood, the city clerk, the Commissioner of Accounts and Finances, the mayor, and the Clerk of Will County as defendants. The lawsuit does not list a specific charge, but states that Galatte is seeking "miscellaneous remedy" in the matter.
For further details on the lawsuit, pick up a copy of the Jan. 30 edition of The Braidwood Journal.