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Former County Executive Chris Holman at a Portage County Board meeting. (Metro Wire photo)

Holman tapped as new deputy administrator for Marathon Co.

By Brandi Makuski

The former Portage County Executive has been hired in a leadership role in Marathon Co.

Former Portage County Executive Chris Holman, who served one term in the role, was hired as a deputy county administrator, working under Lance Leonhard, the county’s chief administrative officer.

Holman was elected in April 2018 as Portage County’s third county executive since the position was created in 2006. He sought a second term in the position but didn’t survive the threeway primary in February. Holman garnered 2,601 votes to Eric Olson’s 3,323 votes and John Pavelski’s 3,163 votes. Pavelski ultimately won the spot in the April election.

According to a news release from Leonhard’s office, Holman begins his new position on May 16.

Holman will be responsible for supporting the coordination of overall county operations while working closely with the county administrator, Board of Supervisors, department heads, and other community and business leaders, the news release said.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue working in local government here, in Marathon Co.,” Holman said in the news release. “In my previous role as the Portage County Executive, worked with Marathon Co. on several issues and got to know the county well through regional conversations, as well as the collective work both Marathon and Portage counties, have been involved in through the Wisconsin Counties Association.”