Columbia County Board seeks Ross successor

August 25, 2018


POYNETTE – The search is on for a successor to a veteran Columbia County supervisor who suddenly stepped down this week, four months into his ninth term.

County Board Chairman Vern Gove of Portage has officially put the word out that he’s looking for applicants willing to serve the remainder of Andy Ross’s two-year term representing District 17 – encompassing wards 2 through 4 in the village of Poynette, the eastern portion of the village.

Anyone living in District 17 who might be interested in the supervisor’s post is asked to write a letter of interest to Gove, no later than Sept. 21. Letters can be addressed to Vern Gove, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, 112 E. Edgewater St., Portage, WI 53901.

After Gove reviews the applicants’ letters, the applicants will be given an opportunity Oct. 8 to present their qualifications to the County Board’s Executive Committee. The committee will then recommend an appointee, and the full County Board will be asked to confirm the appointment Oct. 17. The appointee will then be sworn in immediately, and will be able to vote on any matters that might come before the County Board. The Oct. 17 meeting starts at 7 p.m.

A map of County Board districts is available at the county’s website, co.columbia.wi.us (click on the “Government” tab at the top of the page, and choose “Board of Supervisors”), or maps can be viewed in the county clerk’s office on the first floor of the Administration Building, 112 E. Edgewater St.

Ross, 74, said he decided to step down on Saturday, during the celebration of the completion of Columbia County’s $46 million building project. He was first elected to the County Board in 2002, and was the County Board chairman from April 2012 to April 2014 – the period when earnest discussion began regarding the building project.

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