Washington County Board expected to vote Wednesday, June 12 on county executive form of government

Washington Co., WI – There will be a meeting Wednesday, June 12 when the Washington County Board Executive Committee is expected to vote to convert Washington County to a county executive form of government.

County Board Executive Committee

Washington County currently operates with an appointed county administrator. The proposal is to make that a non-partisan elected position.

There was a public discussion held May 22.

County Supervisors and members of the community who favored the change mentioned things like “managing development” and needing “new ideas and new people.”

Those against electing a county executive noted things like having “less representation from less populated areas” and “giving too much power to one man.”

Diane Petersen of Richfield brought up a number of points at the public discussion including the fact the county administrator could be removed by the county board but an elected county executive could only be removed by the governor.

After the public meeting some neighbors in attendance expressed concern about losing farmland to development, having little representation from smaller towns and villages in the county and concerns about a comment made by a county supervisor to reduce the size of the county board again, which would mean more power held by a few.

The resolution to be voted on is below.

County attorney Brad Stern said once the resolution is approved there’s no going back. “The only way to undo it is for the community to file a petition and ask for a referendum,” he said. “The county board just can’t change it’s mind and go back to the old way of doing thing.”

Stern said according to statute the decision on changing the county’s form of government could be done by a petition referendum or the decision could be made by the county board.

Also note, in the resolution language, the termination of the contract with the current county administrator would cost “approximately $130,000 and does not include wages and benefits due under the contract terms through the date of transition. Additional fiscal impact is indeterminate at this time including possible additional election costs.”

Washington Co. Supervisors

 

If you want to contact your local County Supervisor, their phone numbers are posted below.  A firm time for the meeting has yet to be released.

WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Chairperson ……………………………………………………………………….Donald Kriefall
1st Vice-Chairperson……………………………………………………………Mark McCune
2nd Vice-Chairperson………………………………………………………….. Kristine Deiss
District No. Supervisor

1 ………………………………………………………………………………….. Kristine M. Deiss
C. West Bend, Wards 1, 2, 3, 21 1523 Quietwood Lane
West Bend, WI 53090
(262) 323-1542
[email protected]
2 ………………………………………………………………………………………. Roger W. Kist
T. Barton, Ward 3 3305 Dubin Circle
C. West Bend, Wards 22, 23, 24, 26 West Bend, WI 53090
(414) 550-2755
[email protected]
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3 …………………………………………………………………………..Christopher D. Bossert
T. West Bend, Ward 8 607 S. 18th Avenue
C. West Bend, Wards 4, 6, 8 West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 404-5158
[email protected]
4 ………………………………………………………………………………………..Chris Jenkins
C. West Bend, Wards 7, 9, 10 2610 Eagles Court
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 707-3959
[email protected]
5 ………………………………………………………………………………….Michael C. Bassill
C. West Bend, Wards 5, 11, 12, 13, 14 186 S. River Road
West Bend, WI 53095
(414) 378-3647
[email protected]
6 ……………………………………………………………………………………. Denis J. Kelling
C. West Bend, Wards 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 25, 27 2306 Wellington Drive
West Bend, WI 53090
(262) 305-2678
[email protected]
7 …………………………………………………………………………………………… Frank Carr
T. West Bend, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 3492 Paradise Drive
C. West Bend, Wards 32, 33 West Bend, WI 53095
(414) 526-6030
[email protected]
8 ………………………………………………………………………………………Brian R. Krebs
T. Addison, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 6081 Hilldale Drive
T. Hartford, Wards 4, 5 Hartford, WI 53027
V. Slinger, Ward 9 (262) 305-5224
C. Hartford, Ward 30 [email protected]
9 ……………………………………………………………………………………Richard Bertram
T. Barton, Wards 1, 2, 4 2428 Salisbury Road North
T. Wayne, Wards 1, 2, 3 West Bend, WI 53090
(262) 355-5111
[email protected]
10 ……………………………………………………………………………… William J. Symicek
T. Kewaskum, Ward 1, 2 219 Main Street, PO Box 22
V. Kewaskum, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Kewaskum, WI 53040
(262) 622-3385
[email protected]
11 ………………………………………………………………………………… Keith A. Stephan
T. Farmington, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 8195 Indian Lore Rd.
T. Trenton, Ward 3 Kewaskum, WI 53040
(262) 483-4108
[email protected]
12 ………………………………………………………………………….. Joseph C. Gonnering
T. Trenton, Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 878 Riverview Road
V. Newburg, Wards 1, 2 West Bend, WI 53095
C. West Bend, Wards 18, 28, 29, 30, 31 (262) 689-5345
[email protected]
13…………………………………………………………………………………Robert H. Hartwig
T Jackson, Wards 4, 5, 3551 Country Aire Drive
V. Jackson, Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 Cedarburg, WI 53012
(414) 313-7514
[email protected]
14 …………………………………………………………………………………..Marcella Bishop
T. Jackson, Wards, 1, 2, 3 1735 Mill Road
V. Jackson, Wards 2, 6, 7, 9 Jackson, WI 53037
(262) 677-2662
[email protected]
15 ………………………………………………………………………………..Marilyn H. Merten
T. Jackson, Ward 6 2641 Mayfield Road
T. Polk, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Richfield, WI 53076
(262) 677-2597
[email protected]
16 …………………………………………………………………………………….Russell Brandt
V. Slinger, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 421 Hill View Drive
Slinger, WI 53086
(262) 644-8854
[email protected]
17 …………………………………………………………………………….Timothy C. Michalak
T. Hartford, Ward 3 459 Abbott Avenue
C. Hartford, Wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 14, 31, 32 Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 670-1119
[email protected]
18 ……………………………………………………………………………………….. James Burg
C. Hartford, Wards 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 535 W. State Street
17, 20, 23, 24 Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 339-7690
[email protected]
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19 ………………………………………………………………………………….. John H. Bulawa
C. Hartford, Wards 4, 6, 12, 13, 21, 22 127 East Sumner Street
Hartford, WI 53027
(414) 531-6479
[email protected]
20 ………………………………………………………………………………….Mark T. McCune
T. Erin, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 2466 Lough Lane
T. Hartford, Wards 1, 2 Hartford, WI 53027
C. Hartford, Wards 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 (262) 844-2018
[email protected]
21 ……………………………………………………………………………….. Donald A. Kriefall
V. Richfield, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 4138 Stonehaven Way
Richfield, WI 53076
(414) 803-3488
[email protected]
22 ………………………………………………………………………………..Rock R. Brandner
V. Germantown, Wards 3, 4, 15 4076 Woodside Lane
V. Richfield, Wards 7, 8, 9 Hubertus, WI 53033
(262) 628-1665
[email protected]
23 ………………………………………………………………………………………..Brian Gallitz
T. Germantown, Ward 1 3295 Conestoga Trail
V. Germantown, Wards 1, 2 Richfield, WI 53076
V. Richfield, Wards 5, 6 (262) 790-3199
[email protected]
24 …………………………………………………………………………………….. Peter I. Sorce
V. Germantown, Wards 5, 6, 7, 17 N115 W16742 Royal Court
Germantown, WI 53022
(262) 253-0561
[email protected]
25 ………………………………………………………………………………… Jeffrey D. Schleif
V. Germantown, Wards 9, 13, 14, 16 N105 W16136 Brook Hollow Drive
Germantown, WI 53022
(262) 253-0976
[email protected]
26 ……………………………………………………………………………………….Carroll Merry
V. Germantown, Wards 8, 10, 11, 12 N100 W14618 Sunburst Trail
C. Milwaukee, Ward 318 Germantown, WI 53022
(262) 253-6902
[email protected]

 

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