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15.05(1)(1) Selection.
15.05(1)(a)(a) If a department is under the direction and supervision of a secretary, the secretary shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor.
15.05(1)(b) (b) Except as provided in pars. (c) and (d), if a department is under the direction and supervision of a board, the board shall appoint a secretary to serve at the pleasure of the board outside the classified service. In such departments, the powers and duties of the board shall be regulatory, advisory and policy-making, and not administrative. All of the administrative powers and duties of the department are vested in the secretary, to be administered by him or her under the direction of the board. The secretary, with the approval of the board, shall promulgate rules for administering the department and performing the duties assigned to the department.
15.05(1)(c) (c) The secretary of natural resources shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor.
15.05(1)(d) (d) The secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor.
15.05(1m) (1m)Secretary of veterans affairs. Before making his or her nomination for the secretary of veterans affairs, the governor shall personally consult with the presiding officers of at least 6 Wisconsin veterans organizations.
15.05(3) (3)Assistant deputy secretary and executive assistant.
15.05(3)(a)(a) Each secretary may appoint an assistant deputy secretary to serve at his or her pleasure outside the classified service. The assistant deputy secretary shall perform duties as the secretary prescribes.
15.05(3)(b) (b) The attorney general, the adjutant general, the director of the technical college system, and the state superintendent of public instruction may appoint an executive assistant to serve at his or her pleasure outside the classified service. The executive assistant shall perform duties as his or her appointing authority prescribes.
15.05(3m) (3m)Field district or field area directors. Each secretary may appoint a director under the classified service for each district or area office established in his or her department under s. 15.02 (3) (b).
15.05(4) (4)Official oath. Each secretary shall take and file the official oath prior to assuming office.
15.05(5) (5)Assistant deputy secretary and executive assistant approvals. Positions for which appointment is made under sub. (3) may be authorized only under s. 16.505.
15.06 15.06 Commissions and commissioners.
15.06(1) (1) Selection of members.
15.06(1)(a)(a) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the members of commissions shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, for staggered 6-year terms expiring on March 1 of the odd-numbered years.
15.06(1)(ag) (ag) Members of the Wisconsin waterways commission shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, for staggered 5-year terms.
15.06(1)(ar) (ar) The commissioner of railroads shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, for a 6-year term expiring on March 1 of an odd-numbered year.
15.06(1)(b) (b) The commissioner of insurance shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor. The governor may remove from office the commissioner of insurance who was appointed for a fixed term before August 1, 1987.
15.06(2) (2)Selection of officers. Each commission may annually elect officers other than a chairperson from among its members as its work requires. Any officer may be reappointed or reelected. At the time of making new nominations to commissions, the governor shall designate a member or nominee of each commission to serve as the commission's chairperson for a 2-year term expiring on March 1 of the odd-numbered year except that the labor and industry review commission shall elect one of its members to serve as the commission's chairperson for a 2-year term expiring on March 1 of the odd-numbered year.
15.06(3) (3)Full-time offices.
15.06(3)(a)(a) A commissioner may not hold any other office or position of profit or pursue any other business or vocation, but shall devote his or her entire time to the duties of his or her office. This paragraph does not apply to:
15.06(3)(a)1. 1. The commissioner of insurance.
15.06(3)(a)3. 3. The members of the Wisconsin waterways commission.
15.06(3)(a)4. 4. The members of the employment relations commission.
15.06(3)(b) (b) The commissioner of insurance shall not engage in any other occupation, business or activity that is in any way inconsistent with the performance of the duties of the commissioner of insurance, nor shall the commissioner hold any other public office.
15.06(3)(c) (c) Each member of the employment relations commission shall be appointed to two-thirds of a full-time equivalent position. No member may engage in any other occupation, business, or activity that is in any way inconsistent with the performance of the member's duties nor shall the member hold any other public office.
15.06(4) (4)Chairperson; administrative duties. The administrative duties of each commission shall be vested in its chairperson, to be administered by the chairperson under the statutes and rules of the commission and subject to the policies established by the commission.
15.06(4m) (4m)Executive assistant. Each commissioner of the public service commission may appoint an executive assistant to serve at his or her pleasure outside the classified service. The executive assistant shall perform duties as the commissioner prescribes.
15.06(5) (5)Frequency of meetings; place. Every commission shall meet on the call of the chairperson or a majority of its members. Every commission shall maintain its offices in Madison, but may meet or hold hearings at such other locations as will best serve the citizens of this state.
15.06(6) (6)Quorum. A majority of the membership of a commission constitutes a quorum to do business, except that vacancies shall not prevent a commission from doing business. This subsection does not apply to the parole commission.
15.06(7) (7)Reports. Every commission attached to a department shall submit to the head of the department, upon request of that person not more often than annually, a report on the operation of the commission.
15.06(8) (8)Official oath. Every commissioner shall take and file the official oath prior to assuming office.
15.06(9) (9)Executive assistant approvals. Positions for which appointment is made under sub. (4m) may be authorized only under s. 16.505.
15.06 Annotation A single member of the personnel commission is empowered to act as the commission when 2 of the 3 commission positions are vacant. 68 Atty. Gen. 323.
15.06 Annotation A commissioner designated as chairperson of the commission under sub. (2) is not appointed to a new position, and Art. IV, s. 26, precludes a salary increase based on that designation. 76 Atty. Gen. 52.
15.06 Annotation Sub. (3) (a) prohibits a commissioner from pursuing business interests that would prevent properly fulfilling the duties of the office. 77 Atty. Gen. 36.
15.07 15.07 Boards.
15.07(1)(1) Selection of members.
15.07(1)(a)(a) If a department or independent agency is under the direction and supervision of a board, the members of the board, other than the members serving on the board because of holding another office or position, shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, to serve for terms prescribed by law, except:
15.07(1)(a)1. 1. Members of the higher educational aids board shall be appointed by the governor without senate confirmation.
15.07(1)(a)2. 2. Members of the government accountability board shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of two-thirds of the members of the senate present and voting shall be appointed, to serve for terms prescribed by law.
15.07(1)(a)3. 3. Members of the employee trust funds board appointed or elected under s. 15.16 (1) (a), (b), (d) and (f) shall be appointed or elected as provided in that section.
15.07(1)(a)4. 4. Members of the investment board appointed under s. 15.76 (3) shall be appointed as provided in that section.
15.07(1)(a)5. 5. The members of the educational communications board appointed under s. 15.57 (5) and (7) shall be appointed as provided in that section.
15.07(1)(b) (b) For each board not covered under par. (a), the governor shall appoint the members of the board, other than the members serving on the board because of holding another office or position and except as otherwise provided, for terms prescribed by law except that all members of the following boards, or all members of the following boards specified in this paragraph, other than the members serving on a board because of holding another office or position, shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, for terms provided by law:
15.07(1)(b)1. 1. Banking review board.
15.07(1)(b)2. 2. College savings program board.
15.07(1)(b)3. 3. Credit union review board.
15.07(1)(b)5. 5. Savings institutions review board.
15.07(1)(b)9. 9. Board on aging and long-term care.
15.07(1)(b)10. 10. Land and water conservation board.
15.07(1)(b)11. 11. Waste facility siting board.
15.07(1)(b)12. 12. Prison industries board.
15.07(1)(b)14. 14. Deferred compensation board.
15.07(1)(b)15. 15. The 3 members of the lower Wisconsin state riverway board appointed under s. 15.445 (3) (b) 7.
15.07(1)(b)15m. 15m. The members of the state fair park board appointed under s. 15.445 (4) (a) 3. to 5.
15.07(1)(b)17. 17. Real estate appraisers board.
15.07(1)(b)18m. 18m. Board of veterans affairs.
15.07(1)(b)19m. 19m. Auctioneer board.
15.07(1)(b)20. 20. The 3 members of the Kickapoo reserve management board appointed under s. 15.445 (2) (b) 3.
15.07(1)(b)23. 23. Cemetery board.
15.07(1)(b)24. 24. The Milwaukee County mental health board, subject to s. 15.195 (9).
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 24. is repealed eff. 1-1-15 by 2013 Wis. Act 203.
15.07(1)(c) (c) Except as provided under par. (cm), fixed terms of members of boards shall expire on May 1 and, if the term is for an even number of years, shall expire in an odd-numbered year.
15.07(1)(cm) (cm) The term of one member of the government accountability board shall expire on each May 1. The terms of the 3 members of the land and water conservation board appointed under s. 15.135 (4) (b) 2. shall expire on January 1. The term of the member of the land and water conservation board appointed under s. 15.135 (4) (b) 2m. shall expire on May 1 of an even-numbered year. The terms of the appraiser members of the real estate appraisers board and the terms of the auctioneer and auction company representative members of the auctioneer board shall expire on May 1 in an even-numbered year. The terms of the members of the cemetery board shall expire on July 1 in an even-numbered year. The term of the student member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System who is at least 24 years old shall expire on May 1 of every even-numbered year.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (cm) is shown as amended eff. 1-1-15 by 2013 Wis. Act 203. Prior to 1-1-15 it reads:
Effective date text (cm) The term of one member of the government accountability board shall expire on each May 1. The terms of the 3 members of the land and water conservation board appointed under s. 15.135 (4) (b) 2. shall expire on January 1. The term of the member of the land and water conservation board appointed under s. 15.135 (4) (b) 2m. shall expire on May 1 of an even-numbered year. The terms of the appraiser members of the real estate appraisers board and the terms of the auctioneer and auction company representative members of the auctioneer board shall expire on May 1 in an even-numbered year. The terms of the members of the cemetery board shall expire on July 1 in an even-numbered year. The term of the student member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System who is at least 24 years old shall expire on May 1 of every even-numbered year. The terms of 6 of the members of the Milwaukee County mental health board appointed under s. 15.195 (9) (b) shall expire on May 1 of an even-numbered year.
15.07(1)(cs) (cs) No member of the auctioneer board, cemetery board, or real estate appraisers board may be an officer, director, or employee of a private organization that promotes or furthers any profession or occupation regulated by that board.
15.07(2) (2)Selection of officers. At its first meeting in each year, every board shall elect a chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary each of whom may be reelected for successive terms, except that:
15.07(2)(a) (a) The chairperson and vice chairperson of the investment board shall be designated biennially by the governor.
15.07(2)(b) (b) The chairperson of the governmental accountability board shall be chosen by lot by the current chairperson of the board at the first meeting of the board in January of each year.
15.07(2)(d) (d) The officers elected by the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System and the technical college system board shall be known as a president, vice president and secretary.
15.07(2)(e) (e) The representative of the department of justice shall serve as chairperson of the claims board and the representative of the department of administration shall serve as its secretary.
15.07(2)(f) (f) The state superintendent of public instruction or his or her designated representative shall serve as chairperson of the school district boundary appeal board.
15.07(2)(g) (g) A representative of the department of justice designated by the attorney general shall serve as nonvoting secretary to the law enforcement standards board.
15.07(2)(h) (h) The chairperson of the state fair park board shall be designated annually by the governor from among the members appointed under s. 15.445 (4) (a) 3., 4. and 5.
15.07(2)(j) (j) At its first meeting in each even-numbered year, the state capitol and executive residence board shall elect officers for 2-year terms.
15.07(2)(L) (L) The governor shall serve as chairperson of the information technology management board and the secretary of administration or his or her designee shall serve as secretary of that board.
15.07(2)(m) (m) The representative of the department of administration shall serve as chairperson of the incorporation review board.
15.07(2)(n) (n) The member appointed under s. 15.345 (6) (a) shall serve as chairperson of the managed forest land board.
15.07(3) (3)Frequency of meetings.
15.07(3)(a)(a) If a department or independent agency is under the direction and supervision of a board, the board shall meet quarterly and may meet at other times on the call of the chairperson or a majority of its members. If a department or independent agency is under the direction and supervision of a board, the board shall, in addition, meet no later than August 31 of each even-numbered year to consider and approve a proposed budget of the department or independent agency for the succeeding fiscal biennium.
15.07(3)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (bm), each board not covered under par. (a) shall meet annually, and may meet at other times on the call of the chairperson or a majority of its members. The auctioneer board, the cemetery board, and the real estate appraisers board shall also meet on the call of the secretary of safety and professional services or his or her designee within the department.
15.07(3)(bm)2.2. The environmental education board shall meet 4 times each year and may meet at other times on the call of the chairperson.
15.07(3)(bm)3. 3. The auctioneer board shall meet at least 4 times each year.
15.07(3)(bm)4. 4. The information technology management board shall meet at least 4 times each year and may meet at other times on the call of the chairperson.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)