Former Mayor Bergson Jailed

Updated: 01/17/2014 6:41 PM
Created: 01/17/2014 5:52 PM

Former Duluth and Superior Mayor Herb Bergson is jailed in southern Wisconsin after being convicted of second-offense operating while intoxicated and faces trial in a third alleged OWI incident.

Bergson, 57, is serving a 22-day sentence in the Sauk County Jail after a jury convicted him in the May 6, 2012 incident in Baraboo.  According to online court records, he is being allowed work release and may transfer to the Dane County Jail.

A judge also fined Bergson $1,235 and revoked his drivers license for 15 months.

In 2005, when he was mayor of Duluth, Bergson pleaded no contest to OWI after a crash in Washburn County.  In that case, he was fined $784, had his license suspended for six months, and was ordered to undergo an alcohol assessment and follow through with any recommended counseling and treatment.

Bergson sought re-election as his first term as Duluth mayor ended in 2007, but was eliminated in the primary.  Earlier, he was mayor of Superior and worked as a Superior police officer.

Bergson also faces trial for a third alleged OWI in Dane County on Sept. 9, 2013.  A pre-trial hearing in that case is set for Feb. 12.

He is currently living in Waunakee, which is near Madison.

Sauk Co. mugshot
2005 Washburn Co. mugshot

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