Welcome to the County Executive's Office
As County Executive, I am working with county staff to serve the citizens of Portage County in the best way possible. Whether it's county departments working with each other, the municipalities of Portage County, or the public, we are and will remain citizen-focused. I do my best to lead by example and demonstrate that public service is about putting aside our personal prejudices so that we may serve everyone in the county equitably.
We face many challenges, put upon us by the state, that limit our authority, cap our tax levy, and generally keep us from being able to solve our own problems. Despite these frustrating realities, I know that Portage County can set upon a better path that provides strength and stability for the short- and long-term. Finding this path hinges upon our working together and realizing that a county as intricate, innovative, and diverse as ours provides us with an opportunity to distill more durable and tested ideas for the future of our county and the future of Wisconsin.
As we move toward the realization of these ideas, people and businesses will want to come to our area because they want to participate in what we've built. My intention is to set the stage for the prosperous future that I know we are capable of. We can be an even stronger community that seeks out a diversity of people and opinion. We won't be afraid to meet the challenges laid out in front of us. We will take a long-term approach to decision making on the issues we're faced with, and invest in our communities to build a future upon the sound decision making of the present. I am honored that the people of Portage County put me in this position. I do not take that lightly, and I am looking forward to the next four years of service.
Executive Administrative Assistant
1462 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The county executive is a non-partisan position that is elected to a four-year term. State statute requires a county executive when a county's population reaches 500,000 people. It is optional in all other counties, and in 2006 Mark Maslowski was elected as Portage County's first county executive. There are currently 11 counties in Wisconsin with the executive form of government.
Section 59.17(5) of the Statutes requires the county executive to, "...annually, and otherwise as may be necessary, communicate to the board the condition of the county, and shall recommend such matters to the board for its consideration as he or she considers expedient. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, he or she shall be responsible for the submission of the annual budget to the board and may exercise the power to veto any increases or decreases in the budget..."