Complaint alleges code of conduct violations by Green Bay Ald. Zima

Alderman Guy Zima listens to a speaker at the Protection and Welfare meeting on September 12, 2016. (WLUK/Andy Harbath)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- A code of conduct complaint against a longtime Green Bay alderman has been made public.

In the seven-page complaint, Ald. Barbara Dorff accuses fellow council member, Guy Zima, of misconduct.

In the document, Dorff says she believes Zima violated six sections of the city's code of conduct for elected officials. Specifically, by using disparaging remarks toward city staff and members of the public.

"It's all fabricated, exaggerated, and dwindled," explained Zima.

He responded to the complaint Thursday, saying he doesn't believe he did anything wrong.

"I'm going to continue to tell it like it is, and I'm not going to mince my words," he said. "And if they think I'm going to cop out of what they deem proper language, they have another thing coming."

Dorff confirmed on Wednesday that she had filed the complaint against Ald. Guy Zima. She declined an on-camera interview, but sent FOX 11 this text message:

I have turned down TV interviews because my motivation is to cause Alder Zima to stop the inappropriate behaviors in which he has been engaging. I am not doing this for publicity and I truly believe the complaint speaks for itself. I will put this in the hands of the Ethics Board and trust in the process.

"The city attorney will take that compliant, and will look at it for any problem or issues," explained Ald. Bill Galvin.

Galvin, who is a part of the ethics board, says since the city attorney is mentioned in the compliant, an outside attorney will verify the case.

He says the city's ethics board will then hold a hearing.

"Then it goes to the city council to review, and they can decide by voting on the recommendation of the ethics committee, and the punishment, if any involved," Galvin said.

As for Zima, he says he will keep representing his district the way he always has.

"I actually wouldn't take back 99 percent of what I've said all my life," he said.

In October, the city attorney's office came out with a set of rules that city employees must follow when meeting with Zima.

The rules were in response to a variety of incidents involving the longtime alderman.

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