Board of Supervisors

Joseph J. Czarnezki

11th District Supervisor

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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.

Committee Assignments

  • Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Chair
  • Finance Committee
  • Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee

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Press Releases

County Board of Supervisors Congratulate the Bucks on Historic NBA Championship


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.

Supervisors Clancy and Czarnezki Oppose State Bill to Limit Local Control on Budgeting


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.

Clerk Christenson and Supervisor Czarnezki Call on Governor Evers to Veto Undemocratic Redistricting Bill


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.

Another Milwaukee Icon Falls Victim to COVID-19


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."

Supervisor Czarnezki Denounces Joint Finance Committee Decision to Cut Milwaukee Transit Funding


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.

Supervisors’ Statement on the Passing of Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron


On Friday, January 22, 2021 Henry “Hank” Aaron, Baseball Hall of Famer of the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, passed away. County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and thirteen County Supervisors released the following statement in response.

Supervisors Clancy, Czarnezki, and Sumner Applaud Decision to Reject Gun Shows at County Sports Complex


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.

Supervisor Czarnezki Calls for Vaccination of Poll Workers and Election Officials


County Supervisor Joseph J. Czarnezki is calling upon Governor Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and all local health departments in Milwaukee County to include poll workers and election officials in Group 1b for vaccine distribution.

Milwaukee County Should Not Be in the Gun Show Business


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.

Supervisors Denounce Anti-Democratic Coup Attempt in Washington D.C.


Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, Jason Haas, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Shawn Rolland, Steven Shea, Liz Sumner and Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the riotous mob storming the United States Capitol in a reprehensible attempt to stop Congress from certifying the Presidential election

Supervisors Denounce Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans


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.

Supervisors Clancy and Czarnezki Call for Investment in Youth at Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center


County Supervisors Ryan Clancy and Joe Czarnezki are requesting that potential surplus tax levy funds be used to renovate the Detention Center kitchen at the Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center.

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In The News

JS Online: Milwaukee Common Council Meets For The First Time In Person Since Pandemic Began


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.

Capital Times: Milwaukee County considers leaving statewide organization after Dane County pulls out


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.

Urban Milwaukee: Sheriff Projects $3.9 Million Overtime Deficit


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.

Patch Milwaukee: Milwaukee's Iconic Serb Hall Goes Up For Sale


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.

Urban Milwaukee: State Cuts to County Transit Go Deep


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.

FOX 6: Serb Hall, a Milwaukee institution, is up for sale


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.

Liberation News: Wisconsin Bill Would Cut Funding To Cities That Defund The Police


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.

Milwaukee Magazine: Last Call for Serbian Fish Fry? Serb Hall Is for Sale


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.

Milwaukee Independent: Gun Show Loophole: County Officials Oppose Proposal That Puts Milwaukee County in the Firearms Business


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.

TMJ4: Serb Hall, the historic fish fry and political event space, is for sale: Reports


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.

Urban Milwaukee: Board Rejoins WI Counties Association


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.

Urban Milwaukee: Does the Wisconsin Counties Association Help Milwaukee?


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.

Urban Milwaukee: County Supervisors Back $1 Pot Penalty


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.

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