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Letter to the Editor | Richard Clement for Hartford Union School Board | By Joshua Schoemann

  March 28, 2018 – Hartford, WI – Over most of the past four school years I have had the privilege of serving the students and constituents of Hartford Union High School as a School Board Member, and most recently as School Board President. As I step away from this

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to the Municipalities of Washington County | By Joshua Schoemann

Sept. 23, 2017 – Washington Co., WI – On behalf of the Executive Committee of the County Board of Washington County, an Open Letter to the Municipalities of Washington County. Dear Partners and Neighbors: We have received numerous copies of the resolution circulating amongst many of your Boards/Councils, respectfully

County Attorney participates in Open Meetings webinar; significant changes likely to come

July 10, 2017 – West Bend, WI – On Friday, July 7, Washington County Attorney Brad Stern participated in an interactive webinar sponsored by Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) concerning a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision which will impact public entities with regards to the Open Meetings Law.

Statement released regarding the departure of Washington Co. Attorney Kim Nass

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Washington Co. weekly update By Joshua Schoemann – Recount over and county loans $8.9 million in bond notes to Kewaskum School District

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·         Election Recount – The County Clerk staff and volunteers were able to complete the election recount process in four and a half days.  Over 78,000 ballots were hand counted with very little change in the results: Trump: +11, Clinton: -3 and Stein: -5 Thanks again to Brenda Jaszewski,

Washington Co. weekly update by Joshua Schoemann

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   WI Town’s Association Meeting – I was invited to the Washington County Town’s Association meeting on Monday to discuss the STH 60 Reliever Route project.  In addition to providing the group an update on the project I also shared the highlights of the proposed (now approved) 2017 budget. 

Washington Co. weekly update by Joshua Schoemann

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IPads & Emails – By the middle of next week all Supervisors will have their IPads for use of county email and electronic packets.  Once everyone has those items we plan to send all communication through NovusAgenda and county email.  IF you have any comments, questions or concerns about

Weekly Washington County update by Joshua Schoemann

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  EDWC Annual Conference – Early this week, EDWC hosted their annual Business Ready WI Conference at the Prairie Center on the campus of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company.  The 2 day event offered some enlightening topics and an unparalleled opportunity to network with business and community stakeholders from

Washington Co. weekly update by Joshua Schoemann

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  Fiscal Future – Next week, the County Board will have an opportunity to participate in a presentation reviewing the County’s financial outlook, future priority investments along with  the debut of our fiscal health tool.  The presentation is happening in a rapid fire format from the County’s budget team

Weekly updates from Washington County by Joshua Schoemann

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General Updates   2017 Budget – This week, the Executive Committee, Public Safety Committee and Administrative Services Committee reviewed respective department budget requests.  We have now received all requested budgets and with committee input are beginning to prepare for upcoming policy discussions in September.  Preliminary estimates show requests exceeding

Wash. Co. weekly updates by Joshua Schoemann

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General Updates •    2017 Budgeting – This week was a very busy week as we continued department budget meetings in preparation for next week’s committee meetings.  There has been a lot of great work done by departments to hold costs and look for creative ways to be more efficient

Wash. Co. weekly update by Joshua Schoemann

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General Updates 2017 Budgeting – This week was a very busy week as we began conducting budget meetings with every department, and County funded entity, in anticipation of August committee meetings.  I look forward to these meetings  as department heads and division managers have put in a significant amount

Washington Co. update from Joshua Schoemann

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·         New ADRC Director – I am excited to announce the appointment of Tamara (Tammy) Anderson as the new ADRC Director. Tammy has over 18 years of experience and has worked with a variety of populations including the children, mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and the aging. She has served

Washington Co. weekly updates by Joshua Schoemann

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Worker’s Compensation Meeting –  On Monday, Staff met to review our self-insured Worker’s Compensation fund, including the upcoming departmental distribution and associated rates. This fund is in excellent fiscal health, with a very healthy fund balance (savings account).  I am pleased to report that we will be recommending a

Washington County Victim of Wire Transfer Fraud

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On June 16, 2016, a wire transfer was authorized in the amount of $87,760 to criminal bank accounts.  Upon identifying the error, County finance staff notified the Sheriff’s Department to begin an investigation.  In cooperation with the Sheriff’s Department, County Administration is taking active steps to mitigate the financial

Josh Schoemann: Breaking through Bureaucracy

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It seems that for as long as there has been a Washington County, Wisconsin, with an eastern boarder not along Lake Michigan (circa 1853), there has been a sibling like rivalry between Hartford and West Bend.  Additionally, on several occasions over the past few years I have heard citizens

Washington Co. weekly updates by Joshua Schoemann

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Reliever Route Public Information Meeting – There is a STH 60 Northern Reliever Route Feasibility Study Public Information Meeting being held on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Town of Hartford Hall.  More information is attached for your reference and I encourage you to attend if you are interested

Wash Cty Admin Delivers State of County Address

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2016 State of the County Address Promises made, promises kept Washington County Administrator Joshua Schoemann delivered his annual State of the County address at the recent County Board meeting.  In his address, Schoemann reviewed the County’s accomplishments from 2015-2016 and forecasted year 2016 and beyond. According to Schoemann, the

Washington Co. weekly updates by Joshua Schoemann

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Homeless Coalition Meeting – On Monday afternoon Human Services Committee Chairwoman Deiss and I met with members of the Homeless Coalition to discuss our County’s challenges with homelessness, and how best to combat these growing challenges.  At this point the coalition is doing its due diligence, but in the

Washington Co. weekly updates by Joshua Schoemann

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Retirement Reception – As a reminder, we will be having a reception in advance of the County Board meeting on Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. in room 1020 to celebrate Linda Olson’s retirement. Please join us in wishing Linda well on her retirement.   IS Steering Committee Meeting –

Washington County update by Joshua Schoemann

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  WCEA Meeting – On Tuesday, I attended the Wisconsin County Executives & Administrators meeting.  These meetings are always an excellent opportunity to share ideas and learn about what’s next for counties.   This particular meeting began our focus on what the 2017 budgets will be looking like, the

Washington Co. update by Joshua Schoemann

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Supervisor One on One Meetings – We wrapped up our final one-on-one meetings this week.  As I have said before, these communication opportunities are very much appreciated, and extremely beneficial.  One final thank you to all of the County Board Supervisors who made the time to have this important

Washington Co. weekly updates by Joshua Schoemann

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Governor Walker Bill Signing – On Tuesday we were pleased to welcome Governor Scott Walker to the “Old Courthouse” for the bill signing of AB657, which increases funding for Treatment Alternative Diversion (TAD) grants, and AB 839, which creates a Sobriety Program for convicted drunk drivers.  The event was

Anticipate the best possible outcome – “Breaking through Bureaucracy”

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  If you’ve thumbed through the newsfeed of your favorite social media app, you may be inclined to be a bit pessimistic. Do not be dismayed my friends, there is plenty to be optimistic about here in Washington County! While doing some work this past week in preparation for

Weekly Washington Co. updates by Joshua Schoemann

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General Updates Final Management Team Meeting – On Monday morning Former Chairman Tennies, Attorney Nass, HR Director Scott and I had our final “Management Team” meeting with breakfast at Grasshopper in downtown West Bend.  We were please to find out that this meeting brought things to an end right

Weekly Washington County Board update

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Supervisor One on One Meetings – Last week hosted eight (8) different one-on-one meetings with County Board Supervisors. The meetings seem to last roughly an hour long and have had the intended impact of getting reacquainted and sharing perspective on where we are, where we’ve been and where we
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