John Steinbrink Jr., the former Pleasant Prairie public works director facing several felony charges, made his first appearance in the Kenosha County Courthouse Tuesday morning for his final pre-trial hearing.
Steinbrink, his attorney Richard Joseph Smith and prosecuting attorney Chris Steenrod appeared before Judge Anthony Milisauskas. Discussion was brief, and a status conference was set for Jan 6, with all bond conditions remaining the same.
Steinbrink Jr. faces six felony charges: one count of theft-false representation as a party to a crime and five counts of misconduct in public office-excess authority.
Another related case will be coming to the courthouse in December. Steinbrink Jr. is seeking an injunction against the Village of Pleasant Prairie to block the release of a report by the Pleasant Prairie Police Department regarding its initial investigation into complaints against the former public works director.
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The investigation was transferred over to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, which ultimately led to the charges levied against Steinbrink Jr.
A Kenosha County resident initially requested information about the charges in July.
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