By Shereen Siewert
Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild was arrested Monday on preliminary charges of tampering with public records and misconduct in office, according to an Oneida County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Guild, 40, swas previously the Village Administrator in Weston for over six years. He voluntarily resigned in 2018, after an undisclosed conflict with the Weston Board of Trustees. Guild alleged that the Weston Board of Trustees violated his right to due process per state law and village ordinance. The Village settled their dispute with Guild, immediately after his resignation, which included a settlement payment of approximately $96,000.
He was hired in Rhinelander in September 2018.
Guild was arrested just after 9 a.m., police said. He is expected make his first court appearance Tuesday. He remains in the Oneida County Jail as of late Monday morning.
“This arrest was the result of an open records request complaint from the Northwoods River News and subsequent execution of two State Search Warrants that were executed on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Rhinelander City Hall located at 135 South Stevens Street. The warrants were for Tampering with Public Records and Misconduct in Public Office,” the Oneida County news release states.
Wausau Pilot & Review previously published a report on the situation in Rhinelander. Read the full report here.
Oneida County Sheriff’s Detectives along with Detectives from Price County Sheriff’s Office, Vilas County Sheriff’s Office, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, and Wisconsin Department of Justice – Digital Forensics Support assisted in this investigation.
The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office will be handling the prosecution of this case.