The first vote taken by the soon-tobe- sworn in Washington County Board supervisors was a 6-3-4 split, even when there was no question to be decided.
The rehearsal was intended for four newly elected county supervisors, but nine board veterans also sat in on the sessions presented by Jaszewski, County Attorney Kimberly Nass and County Board Chairman Herb Tennies.
“This is not really a County Board meeting,” Tennies said. “This is more of an orientation for the new county supervisors and any other supervisors who want to attend.”
The practice vote was used to familiarize the supervisors with the board’s electronic voting system, Jaszewski said as she explained the white button is to sign in, and the green, red and yellow buttons register votes, yes, no or abstain. For the record, the first vote was six yes, three no and four abstentions.
The four supervisors joining the County Board on April 15 are Kristine Deiss, West Bend, District 1; Ronald Naab, town of Addison, District 9; Robert Hartwig, town of Jackson, District 15; and Roman Schulteis, Germantown, District 30. “I’m eager to get started,” said Schulteis, a retired automobile sales manager. “I think it’ll be a learning process for me.”
All four newbies said they were excited about working on the County Board for the next two-year term.
“I’m anxious to see what committees I’m assigned,” Deiss said. The retired clerk of courts and former mayor of West Bend added, “I think with my experience and knowledge of government I should be able to contribute.”
“It’s going to be very interesting,” Hartwig said of his first term on the board. He is a current Jackson town supervisor.
Naab is a firefighter of the Allenton Fire Department. “I’m actually pretty excited that I have an opportunity to serve my fellow citizens,” he said.