Meet The Mayor of Wisconsin Dells and learn a little about the city he governs.
"Today, the Wisconsin Dells area accounts for over $1 billion in state tourism, and we have become a worldwide family destination."
Mayor Brian L. Landers
PO Box 655
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Office: 608-254-2012 x408
Hello and welcome to Wisconsin Dells! On behalf of the citizens and businesses, I thank you for exploring our City's web page and learning more about the "City" of Wisconsin Dells. Our City was founded in 1857 by Byron Kilbourn, a railroad executive and surveyor, who plotted the railroad crossing over the Wisconsin River at his newly formed town named "Kilbourn City". As the railroad started to bring visitors, another Dells pioneer named H.H. Bennett helped promote our area's tourism through his photography of the beautiful "Dells of the Wisconsin River" rock formations. By 1931, the city was renamed "Wisconsin Dells" to better identify with the natural landscapes and thus solidify our future in the tourism industry. Today, the Wisconsin Dells area accounts for over $1 billion in state tourism, and we have become a worldwide family destination. As a city, Wisconsin Dells must balance between a relatively small community with big city expectations of services. Although challenging at times, we are able to meet that delicate balance due to the dedication and professionalism provided by the men and women in our city government who serve our residents and visitors alike on a daily basis.
As Mayor, I have initiated some changes that are designed to provide even greater efficiency in our services, and create more opportunities for potential new businesses and residents alike. I have raised our City's commitment to enhancing the safety and cleanliness of our neighborhoods, I have prioritized the revitalization of our downtown and attraction of new business opportunities, and I am working to provide for a more stable and fiscally conservative form of city government. Once again, thank you for taking the time to explore our City's web page. Whether you are a visitor, or a resident, I hope you also take the time to explore our city in person and enjoy all of its offerings throughout each season. When you do, be sure to stop in and say hello.
Brian Landers was born on Chicago, but moved to his aunt's dairy farm in Wisconsin Dells at age 11. Brian graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School in 1989 and went on to study Police Science at Madison Area Technical College and later earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law, graduating Cumma Sum Laude. For 18 years, Brian served the City of Wisconsin Dells as a police officer, to include being the department's first K-9 Handler and later as a Sergeant and Lieutenant. In 2010, Brian retired from law enforcement and started a new career as a Professor of Criminal Justice at Madison College.
Brian's political service started when he was elected to the first of 3 terms on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, and was elected Mayor of Wisconsin Dells on April 5, 2011. An avid angler, and practitioner of mixed martial arts, Brian resides in Wisconsin Dells with his wife Karen, and their two dogs Lucie and Jango.