Kenosha City Administrator, IT Director accused of corruption

Posted at 6:30 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 19:30:22-04

Kenosha city leaders are under fire after newly unsealed documents show they're being investigated for alleged corruption. The Kenosha County District Attorney now wants the state to step in after the lead investigator's credibility is called into question. 

Kenosha's I.T. Director is accused of deleting Kenosha Police emails without their consent. The city administrator is accused of trying to cover it up, however, he says both allegations are untrue. 

Kenosha City Administrator Frank Pacetti is just a couple months away from retirement, but it appears that time will be spent in the hot seat due to allegations of misconduct. 

"We do not believe there are any deleted emails," said Pacetti. "There were deleted emails of a copy of emails." 

That's not what newly unsealed documents allege. Back in 2014, Kenosha police recommended charges for Kenosha's I.T. Director for deleting emails he wasn't supposed to have access to. 

Charges were also suggested for Pacetti who's accused of intimidating a witness to the computer crimes. Kenosha County's District Attorney referred the case to Racine County to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Pacetti told TODAY'S TMJ4 he does not know why Kenosha police suggested charges. 

An open records request by Michael Bell revealed the investigation. 

"For the first time in four years, this document that was asking for indictments in city officials is finally being made available for everybody to see," he said.  

Bell continues to search for evidence to corroborate his claims of a police cover-up in the 2004 officer-involved killing of his son. 

"(Initially) I was furious, but all of a sudden it all came together," Bell said. "It made sense because why weren't those emails there?" 

Bell admits, he doesn't have any proof that the allegedly deleted emails had anything to do with his son's case. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has not responded to TODAY'S TMJ4 about whether they plan to take over the investigation.