Treasurer to resign, join health department

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee County Treasurer Joshua Morrison is resigning effective Oct. 28 to take a new job in county government — business manager for the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Morrison said. “I’ve watched our public health department work tirelessly over the last two years with the pandemic. They’re a really good group of people.”

The switch to a job serving two counties will be a challenge, he said, one that will also require him to use a different type of skills than he does now.

Morrison, who has been treasurer for the past five years, told the county’s Executive Committee of his move Monday.

“My time as county treasurer for Ozaukee County is coming to an end,” he said.

  His goal as treasurer, he said, was to “deliver the services to county residents that they have come to know and trust.

“This job has meant the world to me. It is hard to leave.”

But, Morrison said, he’s trying to “figure out the work-family-life balance,” something he said he believes he can achieve with his new job.

He said he leaves behind an office that has operated transparently and offered residents accurate recording measures and excellent service.

Morrison said he wants to make sure his successor will have everything they need to ease the transition and he will be available to help with that.

The Executive Committee debated whether to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Morrison’s term, which ends in January 2025, or to appoint a new treasurer.

“It’s a rare opportunity to appoint this role,” County Administrator Jason Dzwinel said.

Committee member Paul Melotik said he would envision the county appointing a new treasurer “if we get some good people to step up.”

Dzwinel noted the county can recruit candidates and seek applicants.

“By November, I think you could determine if that didn’t go well, let’s have an election,” he added.

Candidates for the spring election can take out nomination papers beginning Dec. 1, so the timing would work out if the committee decides to elect a successor to Morrison at that time, Dzwinel said.

County Board Chairman Lee Schlenvogt suggested establishing an informal panel of supervisors and administrators to screen candidates and present the finalists to the committee for consideration, something members said would be desirable.

Dzwinel said a resolution outlining the replacement process will be drawn up for the committee to review at its September meeting.

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