About Us

This department functions under the direction of the Corporation Counsel who is appointed by the County Administrator and confirmed by the County Board of Supervisors.


In 1959, as authorized by § 59.07(44), Wis. Stats.(1959), the County Board created the position of Corporation Counsel and appointed the first Corporation Counsel on a part-time basis. In 1968, the County Board changed the status of the office of Corporation Counsel from part-time to full-time. The Corporation Counsel serves as the legal advisor to the County Board, the County Administrator, all County Board committees, boards, commissions and other bodies as well as all department heads. Legal services rendered by the Corporation Counsel are limited to governmental issues and do not extend to personal legal matters. The following are some of the Corporation Counsel's specific areas of responsibility:

  • When authorized and directed by the County Administrator, serve as Assistant County Administrator and provide direct supervision over County department heads.
  • Attend all meetings of the County Board and render legal advice and opinions to the County Board and various committees.
  • Prepare resolutions, ordinances and reports as requested by County Board members, the County Administrator and department heads.
  • Receive and answer requests for opinions and advice concerning powers and duties from County officers and employees.
  • Provide legal representation to County Departments in the enforcement of County Ordinances which includes the Planning & Zoning Department, Parks Department, Health Department, Land & Water Conservation Department and Emergency Management Office.  Legal representation also requires appearing in court on contested matters and making efforts to resolve matters to avoid litigation.
  • Acquire highway right-of-way through voluntary purchase or condemnation.
  • Assist in the preparation of bids and contracts for public works projects and for services rendered to the County.
  • Represent the County in labor negotiations, grievances and other personnel matters.
  • Defend claims and lawsuits filed against the County as well as assisting the County's liability insurance carrier in defending claims and lawsuits filed against the County.
  • Collect delinquent taxes and foreclose on tax delinquent real estate.
  • Represent the Human Services Department in mental health commitments and guardianship proceedings.
  • Provide legal representation to the Child Support office.