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Rhinelander Judge Named Chair of GAB

15 Jan News

A familiar judge to the northwoods has been chosen to lead the state’s election board.

Yesterday the Government Accountability Board announced its officers for the upcoming term, including Timothy Vocke as chairman. The Rhinelander Judge replaces David G. Deininger as chairperson. Judge Vocke was first appointed to the Board in May 2011 by Governor Walker.

Under state law, the Board’s leadership is chosen by lot at its first meeting in January each year. The G.A.B. is comprised of six non-partisan, former Wisconsin judges who are appointed by the Governor based on nominations from a committee of current Court of Appeals judges.

Judge Gerald Nichol of Madison was chosen as vice-chairperson for 2013, and Judge Micheal Brennan of Marshfield was chosen as secretary of the Board.

Also Monday, Board members voted to forego their regular $445.15 per diem payment for the January meeting.

The Board has scheduled six additional regular meetings in 2013. Its next regular meeting will be a two-day session on Wednesday and Thursday, March 20 and 21.