ARTICLE ONE – NAME
The name of the Association shall be the Wisconsin Association of County Executives and Administrators.
ARTICLE TWO – PURPOSE
The purpose of this Association shall be the protection and promotion of county interests and the furtherance of better county government. Among other objectives, the foregoing may include one or all of the following:
- The development of programs and policies.
- The advancement of the public’s interest in effective, efficient and responsive local government.
- The conducting of research for and the providing of consultation to member counties.
- Representation of county interests before other public forums, including the legislature and courts.
- The development, advocacy and sponsorship of state and federal legislation beneficial to counties.
- The promotion of exchange of views and information regarding counties by publication, conferences and other appropriate means.
ARTICLE THREE – MEMBERSHIP
Regular membership in this Association shall be open to all County Executives and Administrators and such other chief administrative officers as approved by the membership.
ARTICLE FOUR – VOTING RIGHTS
Each member, at regular or special meetings, shall have one vote. It is understood that each member of a county is entitled to bring to any and all meetings other county representatives, but that only members are authorized to make motions and vote.
ARTICLE FIVE – DUES
Dues may be established or adjusted by the membership at any regularly called meeting. The fiscal year shall commence on the first day of January and end on the last day of December. The first year shall commence January 1, 1981.
ARTICLE SIX – OFFICERS
The Officers shall be a President, a Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and such other officers as the membership shall deem necessary. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers. Officers shall be elected by membership in attendance at the annual meeting. The term of office shall be for two years or until a successor is duly elected. Officers shall have such duties as normally performed by their respective office and such other duties as the Executive Committee or membership may prescribe. Vacancies shall be filled at the next following meeting by vote of the membership.
ARTICLE SEVEN – MEETINGS
In 1981 and 1982, the Association shall meet in regular session at least four times each year at such times and places as the Executive Committee shall determine. Thereafter, the membership shall determine the number of regular meetings to be held each year and their location. The annual meeting shall coincide whenever possible with the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Counties Association. Special meetings may be called by a majority vote of the Executive Committee or upon petition of four members. At least two weeks notice shall be given of all regular or special meetings.
ARTICLE EIGHT – QUORUM
Any number of members present shall constitute a quorum as long as proper notice of the meeting was given.
ARTICLE NINE – COMMITTEES
The Association shall have committees as prescribed by the Executive Committee. Establishment of committees shall include duties and guidelines.
ARTICLE TEN – LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATION
The Association membership, President, or in the President’s absence, the next successive officer of the Association, may request that member jurisdiction lobbyists, with the respective jurisdiction’s consent, represent the Association legislatively.
Further, while member jurisdictions may act independently, no individual or group may represent the Association legislatively without the expressed consent of the Association membership, President, or in the President’s absence, the next successive officer of the Association.
ARTICLE ELEVEN – PARLIMENTARY PROCEDURE
Roberts Rules of Order shall govern all meetings.
ARTICLE TWELVE – AMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may be amended upon two weeks’ notice at a regular meeting of the members by a two-thirds vote of the members present.