Just one applicant for judge

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MADISON - A current Wisconsin assistant attorney general is the sole applicant asking to fill Rock County Circuit Court Judge James P. Daley's seat, according to staff of Gov. Scott Walker.

Karl Hanson has worked at the Wisconsin Department of Justice since September 2017, and will interview for the judicial opening later this month.

Daley's seat will open on March 2 when his resignation takes effect. The seat will be up for election in April 2019, according to county election staff.

"Becoming a Rock County circuit court judge is the best way for me to apply the skills I gained as a soldier, attorney, arbitrator and municipal judge and serve our community," Hanson said.

Hanson has a multi-faceted background, previously serving as a municipal court judge for the towns of Milton, Harmony and Lima in Rock County. Hanson was named a Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) staff attorney in July 2015.

Since 2010 he's worked as an attorney in both the public and private sectors, after receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a Masters degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Before entering the legal profession, Hanson served for 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Army and the Wisconsin Army National Guard that included a tour in Bosnia and two tours in Iraq. He currently resides in the Town of Milton.

According to Walker's Communications Director Tom Evenson, interviews "will be conducted and the governor will make his decision" regarding the judgeship.

No timeline was announced following the Dec. 29 application deadline passing.

The impending appointment will mark Walker's second such move in Rock County since July, when he appointed former Rock County Corporation Counsel Jeff Kuglitsch to a county judicial seat vacated by Judge Michael R. Fitzpatrick heading to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

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