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Announcement from County Board Chair John Hendrick

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Supervisor John Hendrick, Chair Dane County Board of Supervisors (608) 446-4842


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I have decided not to seek re-election as chair of the Dane County Board.  Since becoming board chair on January 7, 2013, I have had the opportunity to work with county supervisors from 36 other districts, with excellent county board staff and so many other county officials and employees, as well the other members of the larger Dane County community.    Reviewing the past fifteen months, I’m proud of what we accomplished together:


Collective Bargaining

Dane County is a statewide model of labor-management cooperation in the wake of Act 10.  We have   collective bargaining agreements in place for 2014 and 2015, which will save the county millions of dollars while respecting workers’ rights.  And we have an Employee Benefits Handbook and revised Civil Service Ordinance to fall back on when those agreements expire.


Homeless Initiatives

Our recent announcement of a Day Resource Center for the Homeless highlights the County Board’s multiyear, multimillion dollar initiative against homelessness.



The county’s commitment to sustainability goals and principles is becoming a reality thanks to our Sustainability Coordinator in the County Board office and the supervisors who created the $2 Million SMART fund and the budget provision requiring commissioning/retrocommissioning for all major buildings county projects.  These efforts will save the county millions of dollars in operating costs in addition to saving resources and reducing emissions.  We are also in the process of expanding our Resource Protection Corridors in anticipation of increased flooding.


Racial Disparities

With an Equity Coordinator in the County Board office, a permanent Racial Disparities Subcommittee and a proposal for an equity action plan, we will continue to address this blot on Dane County’s reputation.  This is one list where you don’t want to be number one.


Even after almost 20 years on the County Board, the past year has given me a new appreciation that  county government is where our community comes together to take care of each other, take care of the environment and invest in our infrastructure.  It’s been an honor to lead the County Board and now I look forward to 2 more years as just one more supervisor.


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