Governor Scott Walker named the Honorable Timothy Vocke to the Government Accountability Board (GAB) on March 28. The appointment will be effective Monday, April 2.
“The GAB is essential to preserving democracy and transparency in Wisconsin, and I am confident that Judge Vocke will contribute positively to the Board,” Governor Walker said. “His independent, non-partisan views and commitment to the law make him an excellent choice. I’m sure the Board is very happy to welcome him back.”
Vocke resigned from the board in December in order to pursue the vacant Oneida County Circuit Court Branch II judicial seat. He finished third to John O’Melia and Mike Bloom in the primary election.
Judge Vocke received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He served the state as an assistant district attorney for Racine County, district attorney for Vilas County, Circuit Court Judge and Reserve Judge for Wisconsin. He also serves as a medical malpractice mediator and referee for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Judge Vocke served on the GAB from June to December of last year.
The GAB is consisted of six members. Each member must have been elected to and served as a judge of a court of record in Wisconsin. Members are appointed to 6 year terms by the governor from nominations submitted by a committee called the Governmental Accountability Candidate Committee. The committee consists of one court of appeals judge from each of the court of appeals districts, chosen by lot by the chief justice of the Supreme Court in the presence of other justices.