Deputy County Administrator Jason Hake

Meet Jason Hake :: Marathon County’s New Deputy Administrator

In July, Marathon County started the recruitment process for the new Deputy County Administrator and selected Jason Hake to fill this administrative role, with an October 22, 2020, start date. 

Learn a bit about his roots, family, work experience, and interests, as well as the expectations for his role. (Click the title for details…)

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The 2021 Budget :: A Plan to Maintain Our Public Services & Address Long-Term Financial Challenges — All While Cutting the Tax Rate

Each November, Marathon County adopts its annual budget, which influences the work and priorities of over 700 County Government employees and elected officials. The proposed 2021 Budget includes directives such as: allocating $250,000 for use on broadband expansion projects; taking a “system-budgeting” approach that encourages cooperative decision making among our justice system departments to help meet their growing needs; setting aside funds to participate in the UniverCity Year program to receive assistance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison on 25 County projects; and much more.

The public budget hearing is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at the Marathon County Courthouse in the Assembly Room. 

After reviewing the proposed 2021 Budget, members of the public are invited to participate in the budget meeting and have their opinions heard either in person or — new this year due to the pandemic — via telephone while live-streaming the meeting online. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” 5 Questions Lance Leonhard Was Asked as He Took On the Role of County Administrator

With community members not able to meet, network, or socialize in person these days, our Editorial Board thought we’d help folks get to know Marathon County’s new Administrator a bit better.

Get a peek inside Lance Leonhard’s mind regarding County Government challenges, opportunities, and more (including whether he watches Tiger King or not) in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions the Marathon County Administrator (Brad Karger) Was Asked on the Eve of His Retirement

County Administrator Bard Karger offers a summary of the 5 things people have been asking him about most often during the final month of his decades-long employment with Marathon County.

Learn about the process (and timeline) for choosing the next County Administrator, as well as Brad’s insightful reflections on his 31 years in Marathon County Government.

(Click the title for details…)

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Caring for Someone with Dementia… You Have More Skills to Draw from Than You May Realize

Dementia is the one disease that can be made better or worse by our actions and reactions.

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, we often see them change. We may doubt ourselves, question their actions, or get upset or frustrated. But this pattern is, and should be, familiar to us. Our whole lives are hallmarked by changes in the brain, and with each change — from early on to later in life — we adjust, adapt, and continue to help our loved ones grow.

We invite you to read this short article which offers a fresh perspective on caring for someone with dementia. (Click the title for details…)

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Adoptable Senior Pets :: Searching for a Home in Marathon County for Their Golden Years

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. There’s still time to head to the Humane Society of Marathon County to check out their current senior guests awaiting a home.

Think of the GRATITUDE a senior dog or cat would show you this Thanksgiving season if you adopted one of them!

See several of the adorable senior pets (like Samuel & Miley shown above) needing homes in Marathon County right now, and learn a bit about the adoption process (including a special Senior for Seniors discount program) in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Local Cultural Festivals Strengthen Our Sense of Community

From the 1st annual County Fair in 1868 (which opened with a speech given in German celebrating Marathon County farmers for their “patient toil”) to the annual Diwali “Festival of Lights” events in Rothschild, the Hmong New Year celebrations in Weston, and many more — our local cultural festivals aim to bring people together from all across Marathon County. These events often help us better appreciate our differences, learn new things, challenge some previously held assumptions, and get to know our neighbors better.

See photos and video from some of our most recent cultural festivals and learn about a brand-new cultural festival in store for January 2020 in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Katie Rosenberg & Boly Vang Graduate from WI Local Government Leadership Academy

Marathon County is proud to announce that it has 2 graduates of the Wisconsin Local Government Leadership Academy: County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg and Marathon County Human Resources Analyst Boly Vang.
A new class is currently being recruited for 2020 and we are hopeful that Marathon County will again be well represented. Learn more about the Leadership Academy, get insights from Katie and Boly, and find out how to register for the next session. (Click the title for details…)

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Ever Think of Running for the Marathon County Board?

Have you ever thought that a seat on the County Board might be something you’d enjoy? 

It’s a way you can learn about local issues and trends, meet interesting people, and more importantly, help shape the future of Marathon County. 

Nomination papers may be circulated starting on December 1 and must be filed with the County Clerk by 5 p.m. on January 2, 2020.

Learn about County Board Supervisor duties, qualifications, pay, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Creating a $170 Million County Budget for 2020 Is All About Assessing Trade-Offs & Making Tough Choices

County Administrator Brad Karger asks: “Does this year’s Budget Message help you understand the priorities, constraints, and clear connections to the County’s Strategic Plan?” 

The public is invited to read the County Administrator’s Budget Message and to attend this year’s Budget Hearing (8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at the Marathon County Courthouse in the Assembly Room, B-105). 

Learn more about the proposed 2020 County Budget and how you can weigh in on this initial draft. (Click the title for details…)