Tue 14-May-2002 5:20 PM
DA assistant fired by Paulus
|Ed Jelinski talks to the Oshkosh Northwestern about issues
facing the future of the DA's office and the FBI investigation.
Northwestern photo by Joe Sienkiewicz
for termination letter
Winnebago County District Attorney Joseph Paulus on Tuesday fired two
assistant district attorney's involved in a campaign to unseat him.
Edmund Jelinski, 29, who is running against Paulus and Thomas Chalchoff,
his campaign manager, were fired in the wake of Jelinski's public criticism
of Paulus' office for "corruption and abuse of power."
In an interview with The Northwestern, Jelinski said there is an ongoing
FBI investigation into several allegations of defendants paying for reduced
or amended charges and sentences.
Jelinski said his firing amounts to expected and predicted political
retribution from his boss for the stance he has taken. He predicted upon
making his April 9 campaign announcement that his decision to run "may
very well result in retaliation."
"I did not walk into this campaign in ignorance," Jelinski said. "I
know exactly who Mr. Paulus was and what he was capable of."
Paulus declined to comment on the firing other than to say that he "did
what I feel is in the best interest of the office."
Paulus said he cleared the firing of both men with the state attorney
general's office, and was instructed not to discuss the firings.
Jelinski's termination letter, signed by Paulus, states "You have attempted
to undermine my authority, have disrupted the office and have endangered
my working relationship with the public and the courts."
Paulus last week deemed the misconduct allegations as political mudslinging
by Jelinski and a former domestic abuse investigator, Menasha Police Department
Officer Ann Gollner.
On Tuesday, he again said that the FBI has contacted neither him nor
anyone else on his staff.