MADISON, Wis. (OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE) -- Governor Scott Walker today announced the appointment of longtime prosecutor Tom Frost to serve as the next district attorney of Washburn County. Frost has served as special prosecutor in Washburn since the Governor Walker’s appointment of J. Michael Bitney to the Barron County Circuit Court.
“Tom Frost has dedicated his entire career to keeping communities safe, and especially to protecting our children,” said Governor Walker. “He brings four decades of experience to this post, and I know he shares my commitment to the Constitution and rule of law.”
Frost started as a prosecutor in Dakota County, Minnesota, in 1976. He also worked as a prosecutor in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Winona Counties during his career. In 1991, Minnesota Governor Arne H. Carlson appointed him commissioner of the state’s Department of Public Safety, where he was responsible for the State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Drug Policy and Violence Prevention, and Traffic Safety. He returned to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in 1993, worked for five years in Ramsey and returned to Hennepin where he remained through 2005. At that point, he opened his own legal practice, where he accepted various temporary appointments and criminal defense cases.
Kathryn S. Richtman, who served alongside Frost in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, wrote in support of his appointment: “As prosecutors we are called to be ministers of justice – foremost to protect public safety and to preserve the integrity of the law. Mr. Frost is the embodiment of these principles. While in our office, Mr. Frost earned the deepest respect of judges, opponents and colleagues. I can think of no one who possesses the desired attributes of district attorney more than Mr. Frost. In addition to his sharp legal mind, his respect, consideration and commitment to justice make him an outstanding public servant.”
Frost is active in the community, especially in the area of child protection. He served on the Children’s Justice Initiative for the Minnesota Supreme Court and the External Review Board for Child Protection for St. John’s University. He also was board chair and executive director for CornerHouse, a national leader in child forensic interview training. Frost recently taught at the National Center for Child Protection at Winona State University. He is also chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Trego Lake District in the Town of Trego.
Frost holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He also holds a B.A. from Macalester College, a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, and a certificate in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University. Frost and his wife Leslie are the parents of two adult children.