WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 1) Administration and Governance

1.4 Local Workforce Development Boards (Local WDBs)



1.4.2 Role of the Chief Elected Official (CEO)

Effective date: July 1, 2017

The chief elected official within a local area serves a vital role in establishing and governing the local WDB within that area.

Multiple Units of Local Government

In cases where more than one unit of local government exists within a local area, the chief elected officials of such units may execute an agreement to describe their responsibilities for carrying out roles and responsibilities, including financial liability. 1 This agreement (i.e., CEO Consortium Agreement) shall determine which official shall serve as the lead for the consortium, and therefore be the designated CEO for the local WDB.

Appointment of Local WDB Members

The chief elected official (CEO) in each local area is required to appoint the members of the local WDB within that area (except those members representing the State's Department of Workforce Development (DWD)) in accordance with established local WDB by-laws and the criteria established in this policy. 2

Special Note About Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Appointees

Positions on the local WDB designated for representatives from State of Wisconsin civil service agencies (i.e., Wagner-Peyser, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance) will be appointed to two (2) year terms by the State Secretary of Workforce Development.

At the commencement of each biennial local WDB recertification process DET will issue a list of current DWD-appointed representatives, to include the name, title, contact information, and term end date of each appointee.

By-Laws 3

The CEO for each local WDB must establish by-laws, consistent with State policy, that, at minimum, address the following:

  • the nomination process used by the CEO to elect non-DWD-appointed Local WDB members;
  • the length of terms for local non-DWD-appointed WDB members, and the process by which term end dates will be staggered to ensure only a reasonable portion of the members' terms expire during any given year;
  • the process by which the CEO will be notified of a vacancy on the local board to ensure prompt nomination for and filling of the position;
  • the process that will be used when a board member is unable to attend a meeting and assigns a designee per the requirements at 679.110(d)(4);
  • the use of technology, such as phone and web-based meetings, to promote board member participation;
  • the process to ensure board members actively participate in convening the workforce development system's stakeholders, brokering relationships with a diverse range of employers, and leveraging support for workforce development activities; and
  • a description of any other conditions governing appointment or membership on the local board as deemed appropriate by the CEO.

Any changes to the local WDB's By-Laws, including additions, rescissions, amendments, or revisions, must be submitted to the WDB's assigned Local Program Liaison within 20 business days.

Other CEO Functions

The CEO for the local area serves as the local grant recipient. 4

The CEO collaborates with the local WDB on the following required functions:

  • determining the methodology applied to determining the infrastructure funding of the one-stop delivery system in the local area;
  • approving the Memorandum of Understanding executed between the local WDB and the one-stop partners relating to the operation of the one-stop delivery system in the local area;
  • setting policy for the workforce development system within the local area;
  • developing the local plan; and
  • performing all functions outlined in WIOA Section 107(d) and 20 CFR 679.370.