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Hudson is the county seat of St. Croix County and home to the St. Croix County Government Center.

Government Center

1101 Carmichael Road • (715) 386-4600

The center is home to the 19-member St. Croix County Board of Supervisors. The first floor houses the county's administrative offices like county clerk, treasurer, register of deeds, and the aging and disability resource center. The third level has four courtrooms and judicial offices.

County court judges are Ed Vlack, Eric Lundell, Scott Needham and Howard Cameron. The district attorney for St. Croix County is Eric Johnson.

St. Croix County

Sheriff's Department • 1101 Carmichael Road

(715) 381-4320 (non-emergency number)

Sheriff John Shilts heads the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. The ground level of the Government Center is the public safety floor and includes the Sheriff's Department, the emergency communications center -- 911, and emergency services.

The jail has 120 beds, including 32 beds set aside for the work-release program. The jail also leases space to the Immigration and Naturalization Service for detainees as well as to other jails and the U.S. marshals if needed.

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Hudson City Hall

505 Third St. • (715) 386-4765

The city of Hudson uses a mayor-city council form of government, with its offices located at 505 Third St. The mayor and six alderpersons are elected. The current mayor is Alan Burchill.

The City Council chamber is located on the main floor, as are the city clerk's and treasurer's offices, the parking utility and that of the city administrator.

The third floor houses the municipal court, assessor/building inspector, community development director (planning and zoning), parks and public works department, water department, fire inspector/compliance officer and support services.

The standing committees of the City Council are Finance, Public Safety and Public Works.

The boards include Board of Appeals, Board of Review, Community Access Cable TV Board, Library Board, Hudson Area Joint Fire Board, Park Board and Extraterritorial Board.

The commissions are St. Croix Emergency Medical Services Commission, Plan Commission, Police and Fire Commission and the Public Utility Commission.

Other groups are Hudson Housing Authority and Joint Intergovernmental Advisory Council.

Hudson Police Department

101 Vine St. • (715) 386-4771

The Hudson Police Department is located at the corner of First and Vine streets in a building they share with the Hudson Library.

Chief Martin Jensen heads up a department that includes more than 30 employees including one lieutenant, three patrol sergeants, two detectives, one school liaison officer, more than a dozen patrol officers, as well as part-time casual call officers and clerical staff.

The department also conducts a Citizen Police Academy annually that provides residents with the opportunity to learn about police work from members of the HPD and other area law enforcement agencies.

The HPD also sponsors a Police Explorer Post that gives students interested in law enforcement hands-on training and experience.

Hudson Fire Department

222 Walnut St.

(715) 386-5861(non-emergency number)

The Public Safety Building is located on Walnut Street directly across from City Hall and houses the Hudson Fire Department and ambulance personnel.

The Hudson Fire Department, founded in 1873, serves the city of Hudson, the town of Hudson, the village of North Hudson and the northwest portion of the town of Troy. They operate out of one, unmanned station located at 222 Walnut St. in the city of Hudson with a roster of 36 part-time firefighting staff, one full-time fire inspector/fire prevention person and one part-time secretary. The chief of the department is Jim Frye. The Hudson Fire Department provides communities with 24/7 fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous material and rescue services.

St. Croix EMS

505 Third St. • (715)386-4777

The St. Croix Emergency Service integrates full-time paramedics along with volunteer EMT and rescue staff. St. Croix EMS delivers pre-hospital medical and rescue care to residents and visitors.

Personnel are also trained in high-angle rope rescues, dive team operations, vehicle extrication, swiftwater rescue and other highly technical rescues.

The EMS offices are in the lower level of Hudson City Hall.

St. Croix EMS is headed by Chief Eric Christensen.

Village of North Hudson

400 Seventh St. N.

(715) 386-5141

The village of North Hudson lies directly north of the city of Hudson and is governed by a board of trustees that has seven elected representatives including Village Board President George Klein. The village hall is located at 400 Seventh St. N.

The village board meets the first Tuesday of every month. The board has five standing committees along with planning, police and park commissions and a board of appeals.

North Hudson Police Department

400 Seventh St. N., (715) 386-8411

The North Hudson Police Department is located in the new addition to the village hall completed in spring 2008. The department has four full-time officers led by Chief Mark Richert.

The other three municipalities in the Hudson area are the towns of Hudson, St. Joseph (north of Hudson) and Troy (south of Hudson).

These towns are governed by elected town boards and hold meetings in their respective town halls. They can be contacted at:

--Town of Hudson, 980 County A, (715) 386-4263,

--Town of St. Joseph, 1337 County V, (715) 549-6235,

--Town of Troy, 654 Glover Road, (715) 425-2665,