Division I. ORGANIZATION
3.01 Self-organized county.
(1) Election to Become Self-Organized County. In accordance with section 59.03(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the County of Kenosha shall operate as a self-organized county wherein the terms of office of county board supervisors and their compensation shall be as follows:
(a) Terms of office for county board supervisors. County board supervisors shall serve concurrent two-year terms expiring on the third Tuesday in April in the even number years.
(b) Compensation of county board supervisors. County board supervisors shall be compensated at an annual salary for all county board and committee services except as provided in (c) and (d), said salaries to be determined by the adoption of a resolution by a majority of the entire board prior to the filing of nomination papers in the year preceding the election of supervisors which salary shall be payable in equal monthly installments. (10/21/97)
(c) Salary of county board chairman and vice chairman. The chairman and vice chairman shall be compensated as provided for in subsection (b) above, and shall receive any additional annual compensation as the board allows in accordance with the procedure set forth in subsection (b).
(d) Additional compensation. Additional compensation in the form of a per diem to be determined by the procedures set forth in subsection (b) shall be paid to county board supervisors under the following circumstances:
1. To all county board members for attendance at no more than twelve meetings in total, ( 24 for County Board Chairman held annually for any purpose, (including the required property tours, or attendance at authorized seminars, conventions, meetings or hearings, etc., outside Kenosha County) with provision, however, that said meetings, tours, authorized seminars and conventions, etc., are meetings that start prior to or at 3:00 p.m. and with the further provision that committee members being in attendance at least six hours to qualify for a full per diem and at least three hours to qualify for a half-day per diem. The chairman of the board or the chairman of the committee who presides over the meeting or authorizes attendance shall be responsible for maintaining a per diem record of such attendance and time expended and forwarding records thereof to the Office of Accounts and Budgets. For purposes of this section, any or all of the twelve aforementioned meetings may include assignments dealing with county business either within or outside of Kenosha County which are authorized by either the county board chairman or the committee chairman and where there is not a quorum of the committee present, as for example, without limitation due to enumeration, interviewing potential department heads and employees. Per diem will not be paid for regularly scheduled meetings. (4/19/11)
Revisor’s Note: This section is effective with the board newly elected in April, 2012.
(e) Mileage and expenses. Members of the county board shall be reimbursed for mileage, incidental travel expenses, meals, hotel and transportation expenses pursuant to the provisions of policy resolution #157 as amended. Said resolution being initially adopted on March 5, 1985 and approved on March 16, 1985 by the County Executive. (4/23/85)
(f) Salary adjustments. No change in the amount or method of compensation paid to members or the chairman or vice chairman of the county board shall take effect during an existing term of office.
(g) Filling of Vacancies Occurring Within A Term. Vacancies in the office of County Supervisor shall be filled in the following manner: (6/7/16)
1. If the vacancy occurs after the Spring non-partisan election but prior to December 1 of an even numbered year the vacancy shall be filled by an election in the Spring non-partisan election of the odd-numbered year, such election being for the unexpired portion of the term; prior to such an election the County Board Chair shall appoint a successor, in accordance with the provision set forth in section iv 4, who shall be confirmed by the County Board and shall serve until his or her successor is elected at such non-partisan election in the odd numbered year;
2. Except as hereinafter provided, if the vacancy occurs after December 1 of an even numbered year, including at any time during an odd numbered year, the vacancy shall be filled by an election in the Spring non-partisan election of the next even-numbered year; prior to such an election the County Board Chair shall appoint a successor, in accordance with the provision set forth in section iv, who shall be confirmed by the County Board and shall serve until his or her successor is elected at such non-partisan election in the next even- numbered year;
3. If the vacancy occurs after the deadline for filing nomination papers for Spring election in an even numbered year, the County Board Chair may, at his or her discretion, appoint a successor in accordance with the provision set forth in section iv or leave the office vacant.
4. Prior to making an appointment pursuant to the provision set forth herein, the County Board Chair shall advertise for the position in the County’s official publication for legal notices for not less than five business days; he or she shall interview all interested candidates and report the qualifications of all such interested persons to the County Board, along with the qualifications of his or her appointee, no later than the first County Board meeting occurring at least twenty days after the final day the advertisement is published. Persons appointed shall be qualified electors and residents of the supervisory district in which the vacancy occurred. All reasonable efforts shall be made to publish the advertisement for the vacant position within ten business days of the effective date of the vacancy.
5. Pursuant to Sec. 19.285, Wis. Stats., if the vacancy is caused by the expiration of the term of an incumbent and a successor has not been determined due to the pendency of a recount or an appeal from a recount determination, the County Board Chair may fill such a vacancy on a temporary basis or leave it vacant. The procedure outlined in section iv for advertising the vacancy and interviewing all applicants need not be followed in such a case; the County Board Chair may simply appoint an individual, who shall be confirmed by the County Board, to serve until such time as a successor is qualified.
1. Annually. For the purpose of determining the number of per diem payments that are allowed as additional compensation to county board supervisors, the term annually for purposes of the Self-Organized County Ordinance shall be defined so as to commence as of the third Tuesday in April and so as to end at midnight on the third Monday in April in the succeeding year.
2. Attendance. For purposes of determining the number of hours that a county board supervisor is in attendance at a meeting qualifying for a per diem pursuant to the provisions of this ordinance, “attendance” shall mean actual attendance at the meeting and shall be construed to mean or to include time spent traveling to or from the meeting.
(i) Effective date. This ordinance shall be published as a class one notice under Chapter 985 of the Wisconsin Statutes prior to publication of the notice of the election at which supervisors are to be next elected. It is the intent of the county board of supervisors that this ordinance becomes effective and applied to County Board Supervisors on October 16, 1979. A certified copy of this ordinance or amendments thereto shall be filed with the Secretary of State upon adoption.