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Local and state governments--how to access them : Dane County

How to find your local and state government representatives and local government bodies.

Dane County Board of Supervisors (County Board)

Board of Supervisors home page: https://board.countyofdane.com/

Description of Board of Supervisors:

"The Dane County Board of Supervisors is a body of government comprised of 37 elected supervisors from each of the districts in the county. The Board acts similarly to the state legislature in that it is the policy-making body of the County government." (From Dane County Board of Supervisors home page)

Term of office: Dane County Supervisors serve two-year terms. Elections are held in the spring of even-numbered years.

Who is my supervisor? How do I contact my supervisor?

  • On this page you can look up your supervisor...
    • By address: Enter your address or parcel number in the "Find address or PIN" box in the upper left corner of the map. A panel will pop up with your supervisor's name, and the number of the district you live in. Click on the corresponding district number on the left side of the screen to get contact information for your supervisor.
    • By district number: click on the number of a district in the list on the left side of the screen to get the name of and contact information for your supervisor.
  • Dane County Board of Supervisors: list of supervisors by district number, with links to pages for each supervisor, with contact information and committee assignments.

County Board meetings info

Current schedule/minutes/agenda

  • This opens up a page in the Legistar system, with a list of all current county meetings, including county boards, commissions, committees, and councils. To get a list of just full County Board meetings, click  the "All Committees" box at the top of the list, and select "County Board."
  • This calendar contains links to meeting agendas, and, when available, minutes and videos of meetings.
  • Contains information about meetings back to April 14, 2014

2020 Dane County Board Meeting schedule: just dates; no links

How do I attend a meeting? For information on attending meetings held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, view the agenda for the meeting (calendar of current meetings, with links to the agendas on the right).

How do I speak at a meeting? For information on speaking at meetings held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, view the agenda for the meeting (calendar of current meetings, with links to the agendas on the right).

Watch meetings: You can watch County Board meetings online via Madison City Channel: If you have cable tv, Madison City Channel is on Charter Digital 994 and AT&T U-Verse 99.

County Executive

Dane County Executive’s Office:  https://exec.countyofdane.com/

The County Executive is the head of the Executive Branch for Dane County government. The election for this position is held every four years in the spring.  The next election for County Executive is spring 2021.

Dane County Boards and Commissions

County Executive's Boards and Commissions page: https://exec.countyofdane.com/boards-and-commissions

“These essential groups are responsible for overseeing and making decisions for a wide-range of county interests from the perspective of a resident.” (From County Executive's Boards and Commissions)

  • Current vacancies 
  • Application Form Dane County, WI Boards & Commissions
  • Current schedule/minutes/agenda
    • This opens up a page in the Legistar system, with a list of all current county meetings, including county boards, commissions, committees, and councils. 
    • This calendar contains links to meeting agendas, and, when available, minutes and videos of meetings.
    • Contains information about meetings back to April 14, 2014
  • How do I attend a meeting? For information on attending meetings held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, view the agenda for the meeting (calendar of current meetings, with links to the agendas on the right).
  • How do I speak at a meeting? For information on speaking at meetings held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, view the agenda for the meeting (calendar of current meetings, with links to the agendas on the right).
  • List of committees, commissions,councils and boards (Legistar). 
    • Click the name of a body (committee, commission, board, etc) to get to a list of its members.
    • Click the "calendar" tab, just above the list of members, to see information about upcoming meetings of the body.
    • To see information about other bodies, click the name of the body near the top of the screen, and select another body from the menu.