Marquette County District Attorney resigns, will step into new elected role as judge in August

May 18, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers is seeking applicants for appointment as Marquette County district attorney following the departure of incumbent office holder Chad Hendee.

Hendee was elected in April to be Marquette County’s next judge and will be sworn in Aug. 1.

In a press release Thursday, an Evers spokesman said Hendee’s resignation will be effective July 31. A new appointee will serve for the remainder of Hendee’s term until January 2021.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to move up to the bench,” Hendee said. “It’s been a career goal of mine. I’m taking it very seriously. I want to do a good job doing it.”

But Hendee said he will miss the role of district attorney, which he has held for eight years after former Gov. Scott Walker appointed him in October 2011. He was elected to a full term in 2012, then re-elected in 2016.

Marquette County has one district attorney and no assistant district attorneys. Hendee said he hopes Gov. Evers will appoint a new district attorney before he vacates the position.

If an appointee is not chosen before July 31, Hendee said Marquette County might require outside assistance for a brief time, similar to when former district attorney Richard Dufour vacated the role prior to Hendee’s appointment.

Hendee said that outside assistance generally means calling in special prosecutors from surrounding counties.

Anyone seeking the appointment should send a completed application and supporting materials to govDAapp@wisconsin.gov by May 31.

An application form is also available on the “Apply to Serve” page of the governor’s website.

Questions about the process can be directed to the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel. The phone number is 608-266-1212.

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