City Administrator Lori Rich sits at her post in the council chambers at City Hall during a recent meeting.
City Administrator Lori Rich sits at her post in the council chambers at City Hall during a recent meeting.

   Ripon’s city administrator was pulled over in Green Lake County in May allegedly with more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

   Lori Rich, 53, who now is a rural Princeton resident after moving out of Ripon, is set for an intake hearing in Green Lake County Circuit Court Tuesday, Aug. 6, according to online court records.

   The hearing is related to citations for operating while intoxicated (1st), operating with a prohibited alcohol content of .15 or higher (1st) and operating left of the center line.

   Because the operating while intoxicated and prohibited alcohol content citations are tied to the same alleged crime, she can only be found guilty of one, not both. Both carry the same penalties.

   If found guilty of either plus operating left of the center line, Rich would face a maximum forfeiture of $1,150.60, and could be hit with 10 points against her license. This is below the 12-point threshold for someone to have their license suspended.

   When contacted for comment, Rich initially chose not to comment.

   “That’s a personal issue; that’s not work-related,” she said. “No, I have nothing to say. That’s personal.”

   Later, she responded via email.

   “I truly regret and apologize for my decision to drink and drive. I made a dumb mistake and I completely own up to the consequences,” she said. “This could easily have been prevented had I exercised better judgment. I am using this as a learning tool with hopes to help others from making a similar mistake.”

Read the full story in the Aug. 1, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.