Local Government Ed

Extension increases local officials’ knowledge and decision-making abilities by providing facilitation resources and educational programs. Local officials often request the assistance of the Extension Office in helping boards and committees understand their specific roles and responsibilities, such as open meetings or records laws.
Program example:
The Washington County Board Chair requested Paul conduct research and facilitate a process for the Washington County Board Structure Advisory Committee that would result in the Committee identifying a preferred size for the Washington County Board. Paul presented a Summary Report of the Committee’s work at the February 2020 Washington County Board meeting.

 Related Links of Interest

UW-Madison Division of Extension’s Local Government Education provides information, research, training and tools for local government officials while expanding the knowledge base.

The Washington County Web site lists the departments, services, meetings, and minutes related to county government.  Contact information for all 20 local communities within the County and rosters of elected and appointed officials is also available on the site.

The Wisconsin League of Municipalities is an association of statewide municipalities providing a clearinghouse of information, lobbying efforts, and legal assistance.

A statewide organization is promoting the interests of towns, town governments, and small villages in the Wisconsin Towns Association.

Wis. Co. Asscn
Serving Wisconsin’s seventy-two counties is the Wisconsin Counties Association, whose goal is to further better county government and protect the counties’ interests.

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