Jason Dowd stepping down from Rock County Board

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Catherine W. Idzerda
August 11, 2015

JANESVILLE—Rock County Board Supervisor Jason Dowd announced this week he would be stepping down sometime in September.

Dowd represents District 16 that is made up of city of Beloit Wards 5, 6 and 7.

Dowd has been on the board since April 2014.

He is leaving because his wife is taking a job in Milwaukee, and the couple will be moving to Thiensville, he said.

“For the first time in 45 years, I won't be a resident of Rock County,” Dowd said.

Dowd described his biggest accomplishment on the board as “doing what I wanted to do: representing the people in my district and making the community a little better.”

After that?

Voting for Josh Smith as county administrator.

“I hope the county board realizes what they have and tries to keep him there as long as possible,” Dowd said.

While on the 29-member county board, Dowd pushed for a committee to consider the size and structure of the board but was rebuffed several times.

He also introduced an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression. It passed.

After Dowd steps down, the county board will appoint someone to replace him. The county board chair usually solicits applications.

Dowd already has talked to people in his district about running.  

“I really hope they have more than one candidate to pick from,” Dowd said.

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