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Ross Hein to Leave Elections Commission

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Date: 
March 17, 2017
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
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Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
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City of Milwaukee Election Commission
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Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Michael Haas, Interim Administrator
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As you may be aware, Elections Supervisor Ross Hein has accepted a new position and will be leaving the Wisconsin Elections Commission after a distinguished career in Wisconsin elections administration.  Ross’s last day at the WEC will be Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  He is moving to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to serve as Management Information Chief over Computer Platform Services in the Bureau of Information Technology.

In more than 11 years with the State Elections Board, Government Accountability Board and Wisconsin Elections Commission, Ross has had a major impact on the administration of elections, his colleagues and our many partners and customers.  He initially served as an Elections Administration Specialist and in that role he led the agency’s voting equipment testing program, equipment reimbursement program and other voting equipment initiatives.  He was appointed to the position of Elections Supervisor in 2011.  He has been involved in nearly every election program and initiative over the years including statewide recounts, recall elections and the implementation of many significant legislative changes.

Ross has also supervised our Help Desk and WisVote staff, and in 2013 he assumed responsibility for managing our IT team and projects.  With technology becoming an increasingly important part of election administration at the state and local level, Ross set the strategic plan, organized and managed staffing and resources, and coordinated development of IT applications and initiatives.  Among his many accomplishments, Ross oversaw the planning, development and implementation of WisVote as the re-launch of the Statewide Voter Registration System.  WisVote was designated as a major IT project for the State of Wisconsin and under Ross’s leadership the project was completed on time and under budget.  This experience will serve Ross well in his new position.

In addition to his expertise, dedication and leadership, Ross has been an excellent representative of the agency and has earned the respect of colleagues nationally.  He has developed and promoted close relationships with many municipal and county election officials.  He has also served as a member of the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, the national body which advises the U.S. Election Assistance Commission with regard to the creation and updating of voting system testing standards.

There is no doubt that election officials around the state and nation will miss Ross and his expertise.  We appreciate his contributions to successful election administration in Wisconsin and we wish him all the best in the next phase of his career.  If you wish to contact Ross before his departure from the Commission, you may reach him at Ross.Hein@wi.gov or 608-267-3666.