Location and Office Hours

Third Floor
Pierce County Office Building
412 W. Kinne St.
PO Box 670
Ellsworth, WI 54011

General Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: 715.273.6766 or 715.273.6770
Fax: 715.273.6862

Staff Contacts

Ron Schmidt - EXT 6777

Children, Youth & Families Program Manager
Carly Ohman - EXT 6772
Kristi Frederick - EXT 6773

Mental Health & AODA Program Manager
Ron Kiesler - EXT 6642

Economic Support Manager
Christina Tuenge - EXT 6795

Child Support Manager
Luann Berger - EXT 6625

ADRC Manager
Heather Conway - EXT 6593






Human Services

POLICY: Authority of the Director

The job of the Department of Human Services board is generally confined to establishing policies, leaving implementation of policies to the Director.The Director is authorized by statute to implement necessary agency operations, make all decisions, take all actions and develop all activities which are true to the policies of both the Human Services Board and the County Board of Supervisors. The Board will respect the Director’s decisions and actions so long as they are true to the Board’s policies. This does not prevent the Board from obtaining information about activities in the delegated areas.No individual board member or officer has any authority over the Director. Information may be requested by such parties, but if such request, in the Director’s judgment, requires a material amount of staff time, it may be refused.Acting within his or her authority, the Director may not perform, allow or cause to be performed any act which is unlawful, insufficient to meet commonly accepted business and professional ethics for the "prudent person" test, in violation of funding source requirements or regulatory bodies, or contrary to explicit board constraints on executive authority.

Should a situation arise wherein the Director deems it unwise to comply with a board policy, he or she will inform the Board. Informing the Board assures that no violation is intentionally kept from the Board; it is not for receiving approval. Board response at that time does not exempt the Director from subsequent board judgment of his or her actions.


Wisconsin Statutes 46.23