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The issue of statutory authority (05/12/2013)
From: James L. Ziegeweid

Supervisor for District 11

Buffalo County Board

On April 3, 2012, I was elected District 11 County Board Supervisor for Buffalo County, Wis.

I took the position early on that the county board and chairman Del Twidt were operating outside their statutory authority by having chairman Twidt serve as county board chair while simultaneously occupying the post of County Administrative Coordinator.

Wisconsin Statutes 59.18 says: (1) Appointment. Counties having a population of less than 500,000 may by resolution of the board or by petition and referendum create the office of county administrator. The county administrator shall be appointed by majority vote of the board. Such petition and election shall follow the procedure provided in s.9.20 (1) to (6). If any member of the board is appointed as county administrator, his or her status as a member of the board is hereby terminated, except that in the case of a vacancy in the office of county administrator by reason of removal, resignation or other cause, the board may appoint any member of the board as acting county administrator to serve for a period of 15 days while the board is considering the selection of a county administrator.

I have studied the WCA directory and can find no other county in which so much power is vested in the hands of one person as Buffalo County.

I raise the issue of the statutory authority because I believe I have a responsibility to the citizens and constitutionally elected departments of Buffalo County.

 

 

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