Dec. 8, 2017 – Washington Co., WI – I have the privilege of working with Rick Grundrum on the Washington County Board and have witnessed up-close what real leadership looks like. Rick’s bold moves have recently been dishonestly disparaged in the press. There are those that either do not understand state/county financing, or purposely mischaracterize actions taken by the County Board for political gain.
The State of Wisconsin has put fiscal constraints and levy limits into place that are forcing counties across the state to make tough decisions. Washington County is a leader in innovation by working with adjoining counties to consolidate services, saving the taxpayers money and oftentimes improving the services provided. We even had the legislature change state statutes so we could move forward with our consolidation of health services between Washington and Ozaukee Counties.
Under Rick Gundrum’s leadership, Washington County offered to begin discussions with other counties to consider joining together and further improving services while decreasing costs. Opponents will try to paint this as some sort of failure. That is patently false. This is creative, forward-thinking leadership! It may not be recognized by some on the left as it is so rarely seen in a government official.
Rick is not a go-along-to-get-along politician. He is a straight-shooting, honest, kind person I am honored to call friend and will do a great job in the State Assembly for citizens of the 58th Assembly District. Rick’s the real deal and you will be well served to cast your vote for Rick on Dec. 19.
Timothy C. Michalak
Mayor – City of Hartford
Disclaimer: Opinions and letters published in http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com are not necessarily the views of the Editor, or Publisher. The http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com reserves the right to edit or omit copy, in accordance with newspaper policies. Letters to the Editor must be attributed with a name, address and contact phone number – names and town of origin will be printed, or may be withheld at the Editor’s discretion. During the course of any election campaign, letters to the editor dealing with election issues or similar material must contain the author’s name and street address (not PO Box) for publication.