A new supervisor will represent portions of Dayton and Farmington on the Waupaca County Board.
County Chairman Dick Koeppen appointed Joe McClone to replace David Hipschman, who resigned from the board in August because he is moving to Florida.
McClone was sworn into office at the Sept. 21 County Board meeting.
“I’ve lived in Waupaca County for 35 years and I grew up in Bear Creek, just outside of Waupaca County,” McClone said.
He also noted that both his father and his sister have served on the Outagamie County Board.
“I guess serving in government is in my blood,” McClone said.
McClone retired from a career in education in 2005. He was principal of Waupaca Middle School for 23 years and in Iola for seven years prior to that.
“My goals are to keep our county progressive and competitive in bringing jobs and industry here,” McClone said. “We have to constantly improve what we have and not just sit idly by.”
McClone said the county needs to recognize that it is competing with the Fox Valley and Stevens Point areas for industry and jobs.
“I hear people complain about the industrial parks in Waupaca but I’m glad we have them,” McClone said. “If you don’t invest in the infrastructure, you won’t have growth.”
McClone said he does not have any axes to grind or any hidden agendas.
“People often run for office because they’re angry about something. I’m not angry. I believe that I have something to offer and I have the time to commit to working on the board.”
McClone has been appointed to the county’s Park and Recreation Committee and the Health and Human Services Board.