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VIDEO | Washington Co. Board votes on creating office of elected County Executive

June 15, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – Earlier this week after several long hours of discussion the Washington County Board voted 13-13 on a resolution to change the form of government to an elected county executive, rather than an appointed county administrator. A tie vote resulted in failure of the motion.

13-13 vote against changing county government

However, the issue could come back for another vote.

According to Washington County Public Affairs Coordinator Ethan Hollenberger, “A person on the prevailing side (no vote) would have to request reconsideration be placed on the agenda and move reconsideration at the July board meeting.  At that time, the resolution is live and can be voted on again, amended, sent to committee, or tabled.”

Hollenberger said a “citizen petition for referendum would be out of the board’s control.”

However, the board could put a non-binding advisory referendum on any regularly scheduled ballot.

Below is how votes were cast Wednesday, June 12 by the 26 members of the Washington County Board. The question involved a resolution changing Washington County’s form of government to create the office of the County Executive of Washington County.


Roger Kist
Chris Bossert
Mike Bassill
Denis Kelling
William Symicek
Tim Michalak
James Burg
John Bulawa
Mark McCune
Don Kriefall
Rock Brandner
Jeffrey Schleif
Carroll Merry
13-13 Washington County Board
Kris Deiss
Chris Jenkins
Frank Carr
Brian Krebs
Richard Bertram
Keith Stephen
Joseph Gonnering
Robert Hartwig
Marcella Bishop
Marilyn Merten
Russell Brandt
Brian Gallitz
Peter Sorce
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