By Roger Utnehmer
A controversial appointee of Mayor Thad Birmingham to the Sturgeon Bay Waterfront Redevelopment Authority blames his ethical problems on a “criminal” former mayor, “incompetent” district attorney, “corrupt” judge, the Door County Advocate and DoorCountyDailyNews.com and says he was “double crossed” by city attorney” Randy Nesbitt.
Thomas “Cap” Wulf denounced a lengthy list of others he claims were part of framing him, setting him up and dragging him through the dirt. Wulf was charged with using a position of public trust for personal gain as a member of the Sturgeon Bay City Council in 2005. According to criminal complaints, Wulf was charged with personally benefiting through his company, Wulf Brothers, Inc. for contracts relating to the Center Point Marina on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront.
Wulf plea-bargained the felony charges to a misdemeanor, paid a forfeiture and resigned from the city council.
He was later charged with disorderly conduct for verbally attacking former Mayor Dennis McIntosh at a downtown Sturgeon Bay business. A restraining order preventing Wulf from approaching McIntosh is in effect until January of 2017. Wulf entered into a deferred plea agreement to the disorderly conduct charge.
Since being appointed to the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority by Birmingham, Wulf has been an outspoken critic of those who have questioned development.
He also owns property in a city tax incremental finance district where a commercial and apartment development has been recently approved by the city.
During a lengthy interview at DoorCountyDailyNews.com on Monday, Wulf was asked if he would be an investor in the commercial and residential project the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority approved. He said he would not, “but if I want to keep some of money in that project it’s nobody’s g— d—business. And it’s not your g—d—business either,” Wulf said.
He claimed former Sturgeon Bay Mayor Dennis McIntosh fabricated charges against him and called District Attorney Ray Pelrine “incompetent” for not doing anything about it.
Wulf says he was “betrayed” and falsely accused.”
He also accused former city administrator Jay Kraus and McIntosh of holding secret, illegal meetings with developers for the Center Point Marina.
During the meeting, Wulf also called Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge Paul Kirk “corrupt” for dismissing a lawsuit Wulf filed against McIntosh.
Wulf also claimed he was “double crossed” by Sturgeon Bay city attorney Randall Nesbitt. According to Wulf, Nesbitt assured Wulf that if he accepted a plea bargain he could appear before the city council in closed session and bring up damaging information about former mayor McIntosh. That closed meeting apparently did not happen.
Wulf requested the meeting and was informed it was on the record.