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Washington County Executive Committee reworks elected County Executive payscale

October 9, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – The Washington County Executive Committee met at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and according to Supervisor John Bulwa the committee voted unanimously to eliminate the annual pay increases for the newly elected county executive.

County Executive pay change
New resolution setting the salary for the Washington County Executive.

An article published Tuesday, Oct. 8 on WashingtonCountyInsider.com indicated the Executive Committee would meet to vote on resolution which showed the proposed salary starting at $140,000 and then increasing annually to $142,800, $145,656 and in the fourth year $148,569.

Executive Committee and salary recommendation
Initial draft of resolution setting the salary for the Washington County Executive

A record check showed the prospective pay for the newly elected Washington County Executive would be more than any elected county executive in the state of Wisconsin.

Dane County – $134,218
Milwaukee County – $129,000
Waukesha County – $108,826
Fond du Lac County – $108,100
Winnebago County – $115,800
Brown County – $98,046
The Governor of Wisconsin – $146,786

One note, when supervisors voted Sept. 11, 2019 in favor of an elected county executive, the supervisors knowingly violated the terms of the contract signed with Washington County Administrator Josh Schoemann. A clause in his contract indicates the county will have to pay Schoemann $130,000 because of a violation of the original terms of agreement.


At 8:21 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 the County Board has yet to address the new county executive salary structure. The new proposal that will be voted on by the County Board is below. The benefits for the new position have yet to be determined.


County Executive pay scale

Morrie's job posting


  1. This is a deep state move for sure. Let’s cancel the contract early and pay double for one year. Whose brainstorm was this. If our County Executive runs for County Administrator we will be paying him more than a quarter of a million dollars the first year. If this wasn’t so ridiculous it would be hilarious. Vote every single person that votes for this out of office!

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