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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion today to Milwaukee County Acting Corporation Counsel Mark Grady concerning the authority of a county board to limit the lobbying activities of a county executive; require department heads appointed by the county executive to submit reports to the board; and demote, suspend, or demote department heads and employees. Van Hollen opined that a county board may require a county executive to clarify that he or she is not representing the position of the county when engaging in lobbying activities on behalf of a position that is not the position adopted by the county. He further concluded that a board may require department heads to submit reports to the board. Finally, he concluded that a county board may demote, suspend, or discharge a department head or employee that it did not appoint only if that power is specifically conferred by statute.
A copy of the Attorney General's opinion is available here.
A copy of the opinion request is available here.
Formal and informal opinions issued by Attorney General Van Hollen here.