Judge Thomas Barland to serve as Government Accountability Board Chairperson

The Government Accountability Board works with local election clerks on administering elections and investigating potential ethics violations.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- An Eau Claire judge has become chairperson of Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board.

On Tuesday, it announced that Judge Thomas Barland would replace Judge Timothy Vocke of Rhinelander in the position. The board is made up of six former Wisconsin judges. The Governor appoints them based on nominations from a committee of current Court of Appeals judges.

Judge Barland has been on the Board since 2009, and also served as its chairperson in 2011. He was a county and circuit court judge in Eau Claire County from 1967 until his retirement in 2000. Former Governor Jim Doyle appointed Barland to the Board in 2009.

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