Every autumn for the last 81 years, county officials from around the state have gathered at the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) Annual Conference...(read more)
WCA Board of Directors Elected at Seven District Meetings Statewide
- Posted on May 14, 2018
WCA recently held their district meetings to elect representatives to the association's board of directors. The elections occur every two years and in each of the seven WCA districts. In addition to the elections, the meetings included an overview of WCA’s mission, an update on new resources and initiatives at WCA, a legislative update, and a program and services overview.
"The direction of our organization is one that is determined by the membership and the WCA Board of Directors," said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. "It is consistent with the parameters set forth by the WCA Constitution and we welcome the new WCA board members and welcome back those that were re-elected. As always, the organization's strength remains with the dedication of county-elected officials."
Those elected at the seven WCA District Meetings include:
- Bob Kopisch, Price County
- Don Taylor, Burnett County
West Central District
- Colleen Bates, Eau Claire County
- James Tripp, Dunn County
- John West, Adams County
- Tara Johnson, La Crosse County
- Dave Frohling, Dodge County
- Marty Krueger, Sauk County
North Central District
- Lance Pliml, Wood County
- Dick Koeppen, Waupaca County
East Central District
- Allen Buechel, Fond du Lac County
- Tom Wegner, Sheboygan County
- Gus Wirth, Ozaukee County
- Jonathan Delagrave, Racine County
- Kurt Gibbs, Marathon County
See the full listing of the WCA Board of Directors here.
Due to WCA Constitution changes adopted at the 2015 Annual Business meeting, the district meetings resulted in the election of fourteen representatives to the board. Prior to the constitution change, eleven representatives to the board were elected at district meetings.
Seats on the WCA Board of Directors are open to all county supervisors and executives and are elected by county board chairs, or a county’s voting delegate in each region. The term of office for district directors is two years. In addition to the seats elected at district meetings, WCA’s board is comprised of officials representing constitutional offices, diversity, and populous counties.
For only the second time, this year’s district meeting agenda included the election of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Director. The NACo Director serves as a member of the NACo Board of Directors, as well as an at-large member on the WCA Board of Directors. County officials interested in serving on the WCA’s board as the NACo Director were asked to submit their name for consideration at the district meetings.
"This is a group of leaders that have great vision and a commitment to make our state the best place possible to live, work and raise a family," said O'Connell. "We look forward to continuing our work with the WCA Board to accomplish common sense policy initiatives that benefit Wisconsin's counties and taxpayers."