Meet County Executive Josh Schoemann

 Josh Schoemann was elected County Executive of Washington County in April of 2020, after serving over six years as County Administrator and Administrative Coordinator (County Manager). During his tenure, he has led the following countywide initiatives:

  • Led efforts in fundraising for the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial - Forever Honoring Our Washington County Veterans - designated in state law as
    "a facility serving to honor those who perished and as a space of reflection for the state of Wisconsin;"
  • Created a perpetual endowment for the Washington County Historical Society and the "Old Courthouse;"
  • Implemented the 2050 Transportation Network Sustainability Plan for the Highway Department;
  • Created a Parks & Trails Endowment, making the County Parks System operations for parks, trails and golf independent of the property tax levy in perpetuity; 
  • Established a micro loan fund through the Economic Development Washington County to aid businesses post-pandemic;
  • Created Next Generation Housing Initiative to address critical workforce housing shortages along with an earned down payment incentive program;
  • Collaboratively worked to create a multi-county health department with neighboring Ozaukee County;
  • Proposed and facilitated an eight-party (State, County, and six local municipalities) jurisdictional roads transfer including over 13 miles of road; and,
  • Initiated Priority Based Budgeting in conjunction with Strategic Planning to completely transform organizational culture.

In 2003, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning an Army Commendation Medal during his tour, and received an honorable discharge in October 2008 from the Army National Guard.

He is a member of the VFW Post 10452, the West Bend Rotary, volunteers for Casa Guadalupe, and is an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Wisconsin.  He currently lives in the Town of Trenton with his wife Jodi and their sons, Cael and Drake, and their dog Liberty.

County Initiatives

Balancing the Budget

  • 2050 Transportation Network Sustainability Plan
  • Biennial Budget
  • Parks Fiscal Sustainability Plan
  • Priority Based Budget - PBB

Building Community

  • Forever Honoring Our Washington County Veterans
  • Karl’s Place
  • United Way of Washington County
  • Brownfields Grant program (PPD)
  • Supporting local business through Govt revolving loan fund not govt handouts

Operating Government More Like a Business

  • Compensation Plan
  • Parks Sustainability Plan
  • Public Health Consolidation
  • Medical Examiner Consolidation
  • Empowering Washington County Historical Society to be independent

Our Great Community

  • Uniquely Wisconsin - video shorts of some of the people in Washington County who make our community great
  • Discover Wisconsin - Visit Washington County Videos
  • Next Generation Housing Kick Off Event
  • Next Generation Housing Presentation

Reducing the Size of Government

  • Reduced Tax Rate (lowest in 100+ years)
  •  Reduced the Tax Levy (lowest in 10 years)
  • Smaller County Board

Contact Us

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    Washington County Government Center
    432 East Washington Street
    Suite 3029
    West Bend, WI 53095

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    Phone:262-306-2200[email protected]

    Days Available:Monday - FridayHours Available:8:00a - 4:30p