It all started in November, 2005, as a result of a discussion between then Port Washington Police Chief Dick Thomas and School Superintendent Dr. Michael Weber about developing a mission/focus of what we stand for and expect as a community. They began researching the CHARACTER COUNTS!® national program.
In June, 2006, an "interest meeting" was attended by the Port Washington Mayor, City Administrator, and Police Chief; Saukville Village President, Village Administrator, and Police Chief; and the School Board President and Superintendent of the Port Washington—Saukville School District.
On October 3, 2006, these three organizations' (City of Port Washington, Village of Saukville, and Port Washington—Saukville School District) governing boards/councils signed a joint resolution proclaiming the City of Port Washington and Village of Saukville as CHARACTER COUNTS!® Communities.
On December 14, 2006, over 60 people from our area attended a training session by a presenter from the national CHARACTER COUNTS!®. Afterward, the initiative "took off" with many other groups and citizens joining hands to help.
Since the first signing of the joint resolution in 2006, the three government agencies have resigned the resolution each year.