Polk County Officials Attend Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Conference
“BALSAM LAKE—County elected officials attended the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) annual conference last week in Madison.
Polk County Supervisors attending last week’s conference included Board Chair, William F. Johnson, District 2, Frederic; Marvin Caspersen, District 7, St. Croix Falls; and Larry Jepsen, District 18, Osceola. County Clerk, Carole Wondra, Luck, also was at the conference.
Featured programs at this year’s conference, which was held at the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall, included such topics as the local impacts of sand mining, courthouse security, the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on county health and human services programs, recruiting the next generation of county leaders, protecting Wisconsin’s environment from invasive species and the importance of the agriculture industry to Wisconsin’s economy. For a full list of topics, go to: www.wicounties.org or on Facebook and Twitter (@WisCounties; #wcaconf)
Speakers included Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; Raymond Cross, Chancellor, UW Colleges and UW Extension; Richard Klemme, Dean and Director, UW Extension and Cooperative Extension; Mark Gottlieb, Secretary, Department of Transportation; Rebecca Blank, Chancellor, UW Madison; Robin Vos, Speaker of the Assembly; Congressman Mark Pocan; Kitty Rhoades, Secretary, Department of Health Services; and J.B. Van Hollen, Attorney General, State of Wisconsin.
In addition to conference programs, Polk County Board Chair William F. Johnson participated in the WCA Annual Business Meeting where member counties adopted resolutions that will become the WCA platform. Johnson also served on the WCA’s Conference Planning Committee and the Resolutions Committee that made recommendations on the 45+ resolutions submitted by counties to the annual conference.
Polk County Clerk, Carole Wondra, attended the meetings of the Wisconsin County Clerks Association.
“The WCA Annual Conference is the premier opportunity to interact and network with our counterparts from around the state and hear from the experts on all the complex issues facing counties,” said Chair Johnson. “It is a benefit to know what works for other counties, and be able to discuss solutions to our shared issues and bring home a fresh perspective on what is coming from Madison that will affect how we take our counties forward into the future.”
The 75 year old WCA represents the interests of county government at both the state and federal level, and is based in Madison.”