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Elected Position Descriptions


 Office of the Governor

 Agency responsibility:  As the state’s chief executive, the governor represents all the people and is responsible for safeguarding the public interest.  The constitution sets certain limits on the governor’s powers, but the size and complexity of state government have given the governor’s office many more responsibilities than it originally had.

 The governor is considered the head of the executive branch.  For the most part, the individuals, commissions, and part-time boards that head the major administrative departments are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor, although the appointments may also require senate confirmation.  The governor is also responsible for appointing almost 1,200 members to various councils and boards that are created by law to advise and serve state government.

 The statutes authorize the governor to create special advisory committees or task forces to conduct studies and make recommendations.

 If a vacancy occurs in the state senate or assembly, state law directs the governor to call a special election.  In the case of vacancies in elective county offices and judicial positions, the governor may appoint persons to serve unexpired terms or until a successor can be elected.  The governor may dismiss sheriffs, district attorneys, coroners, or registers of deeds for proven malfeasance.

 The governor gives policy direction to the state and plan important role in the legislative process by developing the executive budget and by advocating major policy changes in the state of the state message and other special messages to the legislature.  Through the biennial budget, developed and administrated in conjunction with Department of Administration and various agency heads, the governor ultimately reviews and directs the activities of all administrative agencies.

 The governor may call a special legislative session to deal with special legislation, may veto an entire bill, or may veto parts of appropriation measures.  In the case of either whole or partial vetoes, a two-thirds vote of the members present in each house of the legislature is required to override the governor’s action.

 As the state’s chief administrative officer, the governor must approve federal aid expenditures, state land purchases, highway and airport construction, land or building leases for state use, and other state contracts, including compacts negotiated with Indian gaming authorities.

 The governor serves as commander in chief of the Wisconsin National Guard units.  He has the sole power to extradite a person charged with a criminal offense and to exercise executive clemency by granting a pardon.  He also serves as ex officio member of several boards and commissions.


Office of Lieutenant Governor

  The lieutenant governor is the state’s second-ranking executive officer.  If the incumbent governor dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor for the unexpired term.   The lieutenant governor serves at the wish of the governor.


Green Bay City Council Member


Green Bay City Council members represent the city of Green Bay on the City Council.  They are elected for a two-year term, in the Spring Election.  Basically, they have a power of authority granted by law to vote on decisions that affect their constituents.  They also have a civic duty to respond to their constituents about “quality of life” issues.

 As a member of the Green Bay City Council, they will make decisions about the Green Bay City Budget and the tax levy, annually.  This budget defines how the city is run and establishes policies for the major departments like police, fire, parks, and public works

They are also responsible to their constituents for solving neighborhood problems, ensuring neighborhood safety, and protecting neighborhood property values.  If you have neighborhood issues, you should contact your Green Bay City Council Member.


Brown County Supervisor

 Brown County Supervisors serve on the Brown County Board.  They serve a two-year term.  Green Bay City Council Members can also serve as County Supervisors during the same term.  (They can be a Council Member and a Supervisor at the same time)  Other Supervisors represent the surrounding communities in Green Bay like DePere, Ashwaubenon, Allouez.  Elections for County Supervisor are held in the spring, annually

Like the Green Bay City Council, the Supervisors are responsible for decisions regarding Brown County.  They plan the budget and decide on policies and services that will affect the people of Brown County.  Services might include Brown County Social Services, the County Jail, the Brown County Library system, Neville Public Museum, as well as highways and the County Sheriff’s Department.


Green Bay School Board Member

 Elections for School Board Members are held in the spring, the first Tuesday of April.  School Board Members hold office for three years.  Civic-minded members of the community who run for school board elections generally have an interest in providing a quality education for children while keeping the taxpayers interests in mind.  They determine the tax levy for the school budget.  They are responsible for promoting the educational goals and objectives of the school district and for setting the school budget.  The school board is also responsible for deciding the topics and subjects in classes and how they are taught.  They also make decisions about the personnel policies for all school employees.


Mayor of Green Bay

 The Mayor of Green Bay has three primary functions: To create a vision for the future of the city and plan to implement, oversee the budget and manage day to day administration. As the Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of the city, the Mayor has the power to appoint officials. This elected official presides at the City Council meetings, may veto legislation and can cast the deciding vote in case of a tie. The Mayor is responsible for twelve city departments including Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks, Finance, Law, Human Resources, Information Systems, Water, Planning, Municipal Court and the Mayors office. Qualified candidates will be most interested in the welfare of the community at large, possess excellent management skills, and have the courage to promote and fund a vision for the future and manage current spending to fund the vision.


Brown County Executive

 The County Executive is the chief executive officer of the county and is responsible for county, state and federal laws that require enforcement by the county. This position also coordinates and directs all administrative and managerial functions of the county government. The County Executive appoints and supervises the heads of all county departments except the constitutional officers and Library Director. The County Executive also appoints members of all boards and commissions where appointments are required. All appointments are subject to the confirmation of the county board. The County Executive also submits the annual budget to the board and may exercise the power to veto any increases or decreases in the budget.


Circuit Court Judge

 Wisconsin has a three-tier court system.  Circuit Courts are at the local level; the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court will hear cases that are appealed.  The Wisconsin Circuit Courts are the state’s trial courts.  They handle all civil and criminal matters within the State of Wisconsin.  Brown County has eight Circuit Court Judges who hear all cases that go to trial.  These judges are elected for six years. 

 As citizens, you may be called for jury duty.  You will be required to serve as a jury member unless you can be excused for good cause. 


Clerk of Circuit Courts

 The Clerk of Circuit Courts is responsible for the administrative management of the County's Circuit Courts and Commissioner's Courts, except the Probate Branch.  The Clerk of Circuit Courts is organized around seven areas of law: criminal, traffic, family, small claims, civil, juvenile and paternity.  The office provides support services for the court actions relating to the above, specialized areas.  This Department also manages the courts' jury system, financial functions, and maintains the court files.  Statutory functions include court clerk staffing, opening, closing, and archiving files, issuing court directives, receipting fines, fees, and forfeitures, docketing records, minutes and orders, and servicing the public, in person, and by telephone


County Clerk

 The County Clerk is to perform services for the public, including conducting elections, issuing and the distribution of state and county licenses and permits. The County Clerk also serves the County Board by assuring completion of necessary support functions. The County Clerk is responsible for conducting county, state, and national elections to include: publishing of legal notices; filing of nomination papers; coding, printing, and distributing ballots; tabulating and releasing election results; and storing and maintaining election records, supplies, and ballots. The County Clerk’s Office acts as an agent of the DNR by issuing and selling conservation licenses to the public via computer modem. Marriage licenses are issued to include obtaining confidential information, and the collection and payment of funds as necessary. Dog licenses are received and distributed to municipalities, as an agent of the state, to include the distribution of forms and the generation of reports. In addition, the County Clerk serves the County Board by recording and publishing the County Board proceedings, assuring compliance with open meeting and record laws, and maintains files of legal papers and other documents. Finally, the Clerk’s Office provides numerous other auxiliary services, as required by law.


District Attorney

 The District Attorney is the chief legal prosecutor for the county and his/her office provides a range of services including: prosecution, investigation, extradition, victim/witness services, education/advice, and representation of county or state agencies in various proceedings. Regarding prosecution, the Office prosecutes adult criminal violations; non-criminal violations of the county code; juvenile matters (delinquency and child in need of protection or services cases); all criminal traffic offenses and non-criminal traffic citations issued by the State Patrol or county sheriff. The Victim/Witness Program assists victims and witnesses by providing notification of court dates, gathering information for restitution, referring victims to appropriate agencies, and advising victims and witnesses regarding case disposition. The Office is available 24 hours per day to advise law enforcement agencies in an emergency and also provides education on an ongoing basis regarding the current status of criminal law. State or county agencies are represented by prosecuting violations regarding natural resources, liquor laws, unemployment compensation fraud, welfare fraud, election/open meeting law violations, wage claims and consumer protection violations.


 Register of Deeds

The Office of Register of Deeds was established in Wisconsin in 1836. Before that, land registration was handled by the register in probate. The 1848 Wisconsin constitution established the register of deeds as a permanent element of the county-level government structure. Each county in Wisconsin has a register of deeds. The Register of Deeds files, records and issues instruments and documents of significance to both the community as a whole and to its individual citizens. Vital records document the span of our lives from birth to death. Land records documenting title to over $286 billion* in real property in Wisconsin are maintained. Each year many millions of dollars in transactions under the Uniform Commercial code are presented in documents filed to record the interests and obligation of the parties in such commercial transactions. The Register of Deeds is responsible for providing official record keeping for all real estate, personal property, and vital statistics and to provide a convenient and public place where valuable documents can be filed and/or recorded.  The county's vital statistics are recorded by the Register of Deeds to include all births, deaths and marriages. The vital statistics section also files and records military discharge records for veterans and administers voter registration.

*2000 equalized value of real estate property, Wisconsin Department of Revenue



The Sheriff serves as the county’s chief law enforcement officer to provide protection to its county citizen. Protection involves the prevention, detection, apprehension, prosecution, and detention of those persons who violate criminal or civil, state or local laws. Protection additionally involves the prevention and detection of those circumstances which prove dangerous to all county citizens.  The county Sheriff’s Department is a full service law enforcement agency that provides the following services: The investigative function involves interviewing, interrogating, crime scene processing, and research (including use of computer resources) related to criminal matters. The  jail functions to provide a safe, secure, and humane environment for individuals confined to jail custody. Courthouse security is also provided by the Jail Division. Patrol services are intended to provide protection for the life and property of county residents. The support function provides record keeping, data management, and coordinates training for all divisions of the Department. The "911" emergency services provide for the receiving and disseminating of information to the appropriate police, fire, and medical agencies of the county.



The County Treasurer provides for the orderly collection, disbursement, and recording of all monies received or disbursed by the county. The County Treasurer is also charged with maintaining records of transactions affecting taxes and the safekeeping of all county funds including the investment of those funds as prescribed by the County Board. The County Treasurer's Office provides three major activities. First, in accordance with state statute, the Office keeps records of all monies appropriated and disbursed regarding: general property taxes, bail, fines or forfeitures imposed by the courts for violation of state laws or county/municipal ordinances, fish and game fees, boat launch fees, and all other monies received by the County. Second, the County Treasurer is charged with the safekeeping of all county funds and invests such funds consistent with state statute and County Board policy. The Office maintains property tax records and is responsible for the collection of property taxes. The Treasurer handles transactions affecting delinquent taxes and foreclosures. The County Treasurer's Office provides information and services to local municipal governments, treasurers, assessors, clerks, and to the public.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice

 The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the state’s highest court.  The court is composed of seven justices.  The justices are elected to ten-year terms, statewide.  As Wisconsin’s court of last resort, the Supreme Court has appellate jurisdiction over all Wisconsin courts and has discretion to determine which appeals it will hear.  The Supreme Court may also hear cases that have not been heard in a lower court.  A primary function of the Supreme Court is to ensure independent, open, fair and efficient resolution of disputes in accordance with the federal and state constitutions and laws.  The Supreme Court also has administrative and regulatory authority over all Wisconsin courts and the practice of law in the state.


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