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CBS 58 Investigates: Judge rules records must be released of health department employee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- CBS 58 Investigates filed an open records request in January for the disciplinary records of Lisa Lien, a program manager within the Milwaukee Health Department's lead program.

Lien tried to block the release of those records in court on Wednesday.

During the hearing, her attorney indicated the records include disciplinary actions taken against her in December of 2017.

She was suspended for 10 days after an internal investigation but we don't yet know the details surrounding the suspension. That information is contained in the records that CBS 58 Investigates requested.

A judge ruled those do fall under the open records law and must be released.

"The reason we're here today is Ms. Lien does not agree with a lot of the allegations made not only in the disciplinary records that were at issue here today but a lot of things that were said in the report that was given to the Common Council, and a lot of things that have been said about the Health Department over the past couple of months particularly with the lead abatement program," said Attorney Paul Schinner.

Lien has 20 days to appeal. If she doesn't, the records must be released. CBS 58 Investigates also learned Lien and at least three others at the Health Department are currently under investigation. 

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