WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A former Wausau City Council member has sued the city and mayor in federal court, alleging she was defamed in her role in buying land that was cleaned up with a federal loan approved by the city.
Christine Van De Yacht, who served on the council from 1998 to 2006, said several city employees never told her of a possible conflict of interest in the 2005 deal.
Elected officials are not allowed to vote on projects that could benefit them directly.
Her lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Madison.
Mayor Jim Tipple, the former community development director and the former city attorney are named as defendants.
In the lawsuit, Van De Yacht claims her reputation was harmed, she suffered emotional distress and she had to pay for her own legal representation as a result of the city's ethics investigation of her.