From his home in Whiting, Mark Maslowski talks about his plans for Portage County and its residents if elected as county executive.DOUG WOJCIK/Stevens Point Journal
: Position will be more than a 40-hour a week job
If you walk into the office at Mark Maslowski's
home you notice a few things right away.
A photo of Maslowski
dressed as a Blues Brother entertaining a Special Olympics crowd is hung on the opposite side of the room.In fact, just about everything in the room has a story behind it.
Like the time he
met Bob Newhart backstage after a performance and Newhart told Maslowski
how the television series would end a full week before the last episode ran.Or the time he
met Bart Starr in a lobby at the Sentry Building and Starr asked Maslowski
had lost weight since the last time he
saw him. Maslowski
has been called many things: A Blues Brother, the Polish Polka Prince of Portage County
, president of the Stevens Point Area School Board
and a radio man.And if things go his
way next week, Maslowski
can add another name to the list -- Portage County
"If I win, they are going to have to give me keys to the place because I am going to be in early," Maslowski
said of the county executive position."This is not going to be a 40-hour a week job."
The Blues Brothers act was started by Maslowski
and Mike Splinter, a colleague at Sentry.
"I didn't know him that well, but he
looked an awful lot like Elwood Blues," Maslowski
said."We got pretty good at it, and when the movie premiered here on campus we were the opening act."
The duo reprised their roles when they volunteered for the Special Olympics.
"We came out surrounded by seven or eight sheriff's deputies and when they pulled away and the audience saw us the place went nuts," Maslowski
wife work closely on his
campaign.They have two sons, Corey and Todd, and she
has children from a previous marriage.When he
says things like, "We have run an open and honest campaign," he's
talking about he
wife. He was president of the school board for three years and a member for nine, but he has never worked in government before.He
would bring a fresh, outside perspective to the position.A trait that he
thinks will serve him well.
"I am coming in with no strings attached," he
said."I am not going to be beholden to anyone.In this position we need someone with a good communication background.A big part of this job, maybe 60 to 70 percent will be listening to and working with the people and the County Board." Maslowski
communication skills in radio.He worked for WSPT, WFHR and WIZD in Stevens Point.
Among other things, he
had a two-hour radio show devoted to polka music.
"We would interview bands and have live music in the studio," he
is really a fun business."
, another business is county government.He
looks at the position as the CEO of Portage County
as part of that business.
"There is more to this position than just the budget," he