About Supervisor Czarnezki
Joseph J. Czarnezki was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in April 2020 and is proud to represent the people of Milwaukee, Greenfield and Franklin. He is Chairman of the County Board Intergovernmental Relations Committee and a member of the Finance Committee, and the Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee.
Joe Czarnezki is a dedicated public servant, who was elected Milwaukee County Clerk in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He was an instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), where he taught Applied Economics and Political Science. He also served as Deputy Director of Administration, Commissioner of Health, Intergovernmental Relations Director, Fire & Police Commission Executive Director, and Budget Director for the City of Milwaukee. Joe was twice elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, where he served as co-chair of the Joint Audit Committee. He was elected three times to the Wisconsin Senate, where he chaired the Senate Education Committee and served as a member of the Joint Committee on Finance.
Supervisor Czarnezki earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science, and a master's degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in public administration, from the UW-Milwaukee and is a past President of the UWM Alumni Association. He has published articles on state and local government in the American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration Times, Wisconsin Counties Magazine, and Marquette Law Review.
Joe and his wife Mary Ann live on the southwest side of Milwaukee. Joe is a life-long resident of Milwaukee County who is committed to listening and responding to your concerns.
- Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Chair
- Finance Committee
- Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee
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11th District County Supervisor Joseph J. Czarnezki announced today that he will not seek re-election to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in 2022.
This week the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted to cut Milwaukee County’s mass transit operating assistance funding by 50%. County Supervisor Joseph J. Czarnezki released the following statement denouncing the action.
On Monday, the results of a union election for Colectivo Coffee workers across Wisconsin and Illinois was announced, with employees voting in favor of organizing a union by a margin of 106-99.
Today the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors rejected (13-3) a proposal to allow Milwaukee County to host gun shows at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, and Liz Sumner released the following statement applauding this decision.
On Monday, workers at Colectivo Coffee won an election to form a union by a margin of 106-99, after the National Labor Relations Board opened up seven challenged ballots that were uncounted during the first count, which resulted in a 99-99 tie result.
On Tuesday the County Board’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee approved a proposal from Supervisor Logsdon that would allow gun shows to be held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki and Liz Sumner released the following statement in opposition of the proposal.
Supervisor Ryan Clancy has introduced a resolution proposing that Milwaukee County require all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Clancy is also urging County leaders to incentivize vaccinations to encourage employee participation, and to apply the policy in an equitable fashion. Supervisors Rolland, Shea, and Czarnezki are co-sponsors.
On Tuesday a gunman killed eight people across three Atlanta-area spas—six of whom were women of Asian descent—in the latest example of a rising number of violent Anti-Asian American crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday night the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the team’s first NBA Championship since 1971.
County Supervisors Ryan Clancy and Joseph J. Czarnezki will introduce a resolution opposing State of Wisconsin draft legislation LRB-0157, which would strip away shared revenue—dollar-for-dollar—for any municipality statewide that chooses to redistribute funds from law enforcement.
Last week the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 369, which would shift the timeline for local redistricting in Wisconsin following the 2020 census. County Clerk George Christenson and County Supervisor Joseph Czarnezki released the following statement calling on Governor Tony Evers to veto the bill if it comes to his desk.
Supervisor Joseph J. Czarnezki released the following statement on the closure of Serb Hall: “Like many in Milwaukee – especially those on the Southside – I was saddened by the news that Serb Hall has become the latest business to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic."
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Upward of 10,000 marijuana plants are reportedly being housed in a secret growing operation in Franklin, according to Milwaukee County Court documents. In a search warrant affidavit filed by the Franklin Police Department, officers described an at least six-greenhouse operation on farmland off of 116th Street on the city's south side.
The County Board’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee approved a proposal from Milwaukee County Supervisor Patti Logsdon on March 16 that would allow gun shows to be held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex.
The Milwaukee County Board has unanimously rejected the first map of district boundaries presented by the county’s Independent Redistricting Committee, calling into question whether they will be able to meet the November statutory deadline for redistricting.
After extensive deliberation, the Milwaukee County Board has voted to release funds to the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA). The WCA, is a lobbying and consulting organization for counties in the state. Lobbying state government on behalf of counties is a huge part of what it does.
A Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors proposal would offer paid internships for local students interested in learning more about legislative governance. This would be the first paid internship with the board.
The Milwaukee County penalty for marijuana possession would drop from up to $500 to $1, under a proposal introduced by a group of county supervisors. “In achieving racial equity, disparities in the criminal justice system, including marijuana and paraphernalia possession laws, must be eradicated,” the resolution said.
Despite years of polling showing consistent public support for the legalization of marijuana, and some efforts by state and local leaders to implement that policy, legalization remains a distant goal, state representatives say.
The state's biggest county is putting off a decision on whether to continue its membership in a statewide lobbying association, a group Dane County already left over concerns that it did not represent its interests.
Milwaukee County is going to fund the creation of a culinary institute for young people that are or have been involved in the youth justice system. In an amendment to the 2021 county budget, $500,000 was allocated to “provide expanded community alternatives” for youth involved in the justice system.
An iconic Milwaukee banquet in business for almost 75 years has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic. American Serb Memorial Hall, known by most as just Serb Hall, is now up for sale.
The Milwaukee Common Council met this week for the first time in person since the coronavirus pandemic forced many government meetings and services to move online early last year.
A Milwaukee institution, Serb Hall is up for sale -- another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. From its fish fry to weddings, it has served the community for decades. The hall itself is owned by St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, built in 1950 as a memorial to Serbian-American soldiers who served.
In April, the Milwaukee County Board passed an ordinance that requires county departments projecting a budget deficit or overtime budget deficit to come before the board with a report and a plan to remediate it.
It’s official: Serb Hall is up for sale. The South Side banquet hall known for providing hospitality and fish fries for over 70 years is well known throughout the entire city. It serves 2,000 pounds of fish each Friday and has been the scene of major political events over the decades.
The cuts in transit aid to the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will have impacts that extend beyond the state biennial budget currently being deliberated. Early in June, the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted to reduce transit funding to Milwaukee by $32.7 million over the next two years.
American Serb Memorial Hall, long known for its fish fries as well as a venue space for political rallies and presidential visits, is now for sale, according to reports. The space, located at 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave. in Milwaukee, will be listed by Founders 3 Real Estate.
On March 11, a new bill, referred to as SB-119 or the “Fund the Police Bill,” was discussed in the Wisconsin legislature at a public hearing in Madison.
Members of the Milwaukee County Board held a lengthy debate Thursday concerning whether they should remain members of the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA). This association is an organization that is meant to represent and advocate for all 72 counties at the state level for legislative agendas and policies that meet the interests of county governments.