Busby revealed his plans to the Board of Supervisors as it prepared to take up a resolution of censure and no confidence. The resolution was adopted 29 to 1 with 5 abstentions.
The resolution came after weeks of investigation by county officials, who focused on three areas of concern:
- Extended absences by the coroner in 2018 and 2019, some of which were documented through records of Busby’s county-issued cellphone, which showed that he was making or receiving calls from out of state for most of the last winter.
- Higher county expenses because of the need for deputy coroners to “cover Coroner Busby’s absence, incurring a cost to taxpayers because deputies are paid on a per diem basis with additional expense reimbursement.”
- Sexual harassment allegations “leveled against Mr. Busby, some of which Mr. Busby does not deny.”
The coroner, a Republican, has served in that office for 22 years and earns an annual salary of $72,989. He oversees a budget of slightly more than $500,000 and is assisted by three part-time workers: an administrative associate and two deputy coroners. A website biography says Busby worked in the Oshkosh Police Department for 27 years and retired as a sergeant.