County Officials Workshops

County Officials Workshops

Following the spring elections in even numbered years, UW-Extension’s Local Government Center and the Wisconsin Counties Association co-sponsor day-long workshops to orient both new and continuing county officials, at several locations around the state. With turnover on county boards averaging about 25% each election cycle, board members need opportunities to learn more about their roles and responsibilities.

Join the University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Education Program and the Wisconsin Counties Association for our 2024 County Officials Workshops which will be held in person in 2024.

THIS ONE-DAY WORKSHOP is a unique opportunity for both newly elected county government officials and veterans of the county board to learn from experienced educators about best practices and avoiding the pitfalls of governance.


  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Budgeting
  • Open Meetings Law
  • Public Records Law
  • Ethics & Conflicts of Interest
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Agendas & Minutes

$75.00 includes instruction, materials, a morning snack and lunch.

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Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the workshops run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 6
Holiday Inn Convention Center
1001 Amber Ave
Stevens Point, WI

Wednesday, May 8
Florian Gardens
2340 Lorch Ave
Eau Claire, WI

Thursday, May 9
Flat Creek Lodge
10290 State Hwy 27S
Hayward, WI

Friday, May 10
Reuland’s Conference Center (adjecent to AmericInn)
700 U.S. Hwy 51 N
Minocqua, WI

Monday, May 13
Hubertus Sterling Chalet
1271 Hwy 175
Hubertus, WI

Wednesday, May 15
Rock Garden Banquet & Conference Center/Comfort Suites
1951 Bond St
Green Bay, WI

Thursday, May 16
Waterfront Hotel
113 S Main St
Prairie du Chein, WI

Virtual (8:30-10 a.m.)
*Monday, June 3rd
(Sessions 1, 2 and 7)
*Monday, June 10th
(Sessions 3, 4 and 5)
*Monday, June 17th
(Sessions 6 and 8)

(Virtual registration includes all four online sessions.)

The fee for this workshop is $75.00 for each participant; the fee increases to $85.00 for late registrations (less than 7 days prior to the workshop date). The fee covers the cost of registration, instruction, materials, a morning snack and lunch.

A full refund will be made if notice of cancellation is received in writing or by fax seven days prior to the workshop. No-shows will not receive a refund, but materials can be sent.

Any person requiring special accommodations should contact the Local Government Center (608-262-9960) at least 72 hours before the scheduled workshop date so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

For more information and to order workshop materials ($35) call the Local Government Center (608-262-9960). For information on registration logistics call the Wisconsin Counties Association (608-663-7188).

An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. La Universidad de Wisconsin-Extensión, un empleador con igualdad de oportunidades y acción afirmativa (EEO/AA), proporciona igualdad de oportunidades en empleo y programas, incluyendo los requisitos del Título VI, Título IX, y de la Ley Federal para Personas con Discapacidades en los Estados Unidos (ADA).

Missed In-Person 2024 County Officials Workshops (COWS)? Register for Virtual Option!

Archived County Officials Workshops Information

Since this program series began in 2002, over 2100 county officials have participated in these workshops.

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