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1 County Organizational Meeting J. Michael Blaska Wisconsin Counties Association

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3 Constitutional Authority Legislature may confer on boards powers of a local, legislative & administrative character Identifies county officers as well as conditions of elections, removal & terms

4 Statutory Authority Authority comes from Chapter 59 Counties are a body corporate that can sue and be sued Powers are limited by state statute

5 Administrative Home Rule Sec (1) – Every county may exercise any organizational or administrative power, subject only to the constitution and to any enactment of the legislature which is of statewide concern and which uniformly affects every county.

6 Administrative Home Rule Sec Construction of Powers. To give counties the largest measure of self government under the administrative home rule authority granted to counties… liberally construed in favor of the rights, powers and privileges of counties to exercise any organizational or administrative power

7 Self Organized Counties Self organization provides more flexibility on the manner in which the board of supervisors may operate Use of staggered terms Compensation of supervisors Filling county supervisor vacancies

8 Self Organized Counties How accomplished? Majority of whole board adopts an ordinance invoking the authority of the authorizing statute County board adopts the policies it desires

9 Organizational Meeting Required to meet on the third Tuesday of April May adjourn to different date Purpose is to organize & transact business

10 Prepare Agenda Call to Order Roll Call Oath of Office Election of Officers (list) Adoption of Rules Business Adjournment

11 Organizational Meeting Conducting The Elections

12 Who Runs the Meeting May be the current chair May be the former chair that was defeated May be the vice-chair or 2 nd vice chair May be someone trusted Should not be someone who is seeking the office

13 Nominations Declare the floor open for nominations Need not be recognized by the chair Anyone can nominate Can nominate yourself Chair should restate the nominee placing their name before the body Nomination speeches are allowed

14 Nominations No second required but allowed to show support Seconding speeches are allowed Technically nominations are not necessary - each member is free to vote for anyone eligible

15 Nominations Motion to close  No motion necessary but may accept a motion to close  Not in order until reasonable time has been given  Is out of order if someone is seeking the floor  Requires 2/3 vote  No requirement to ask 3 times  Chair can declare nominations are closed

16 Elections May allow candidates to say a few words If only one candidate the chair may accept a motion to close nominations & cast a unanimous ballot If only one candidate the chair may declare the candidate the victor Appoint ballot clerks – perhaps the county clerk & a respected board member

17 Elections Only time a secret ballot may be used Continue to vote until a majority is reached Never drop off the lowest candidate Candidates may withdraw When unable to reach a majority: take a recess, allow the candidates to speak, allow members to speak Winner takes the chair

18 Elections Impropriety of limiting voting to the 2 leading candidates  Leading candidates may represent 2 different factions – division may be deepened  May unite members w/compromise candidate Improper to remove nominee w/lowest votes  Repeat balloting until you have a winner  Nominee w/lowest number of votes could be a “dark horse” who all can agree on

19 Organizational Meeting Board Rules

20 Sources of Procedural Rules State Statues Local Rules Robert’s Rules of Order 20

21 Content Chapters County Board Officers Organization of the County Board Procedural Rules of the County Board

22 County Board Officers Duties of chairperson Duties of vice-chairperson or persons Duties of sergeant-at-arms  one or two?  male & female? (may need to hold more elections if new rules add officers)

23 Organization of the Board Determine standing committees & responsibilities Other committees & responsibilities Staff Assistance Scheduling, notice, conduct Public appearances at committee & county board

24 Organization of the Board Standing Committees Name the committees Responsibilities Number of members How appointed – board chair or committee Officers appointed or elected

25 Organization of the Board Committee Creation County may establish as many standing & advisory committees as it deems necessary Committee chair has authority to set the agenda, preside at meetings, make reports and make recommendations on the committee’s behalf

26 Procedural Rules Resolutions: form, referrals, how processed, fiscal analysis, county board action Seating arrangements, board members, staff, department heads, general public County board calendar – who prepares? Order of business Parliamentary procedure Define Session

27 Procedural Rules-Resolutions What is the format – who drafts How are resolutions introduced – members, committee, anytime, board meetings What happens w/resolution once introduced What is the referral process – chair, committee, clerk How do they get on committee calendar What happens once approved

28 Procedural Rules - Order of Business Call to order Special matters & announcements Approval of bills & accounts Approval of proceedings(minutes) Consent calendar Reports on zoning committee

29 Procedural Rules - Order of Business Ordinances Award of contracts Resolutions Special order of business Such other business as allowed by law

30 Procedural Rules - Parliamentary Procedure Identify rules specific to county List common or basic rules of order Designate Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised 11 th Edition for questions not covered in board rules

31 Procedural Rules - Session Definition of session determines when business can be brought back before the assembly A session may be one meeting, 1 year, the term of supervisor or as determined

32 County Board Rules Current board should review rules & amend as necessary prior to organizational meeting New board adopts rules at organizational meeting Rules should be incorporated into county ordinance

33 We have to stop meeting this way Ukrainian Parliament-April 26, 2010 Source: nytimes.com “Ukraine Passes Deal Under Hail of Eggs” 33

34 Wisconsin Counties Association J. Michael Blaska Chief of Staff 22 E. Mifflin St., Suite 900 Madison, WI


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