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Foust takes over as chief of chiefs

Judge William Foust

Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust is the new chief of chiefs.

Wisconsin’s Committee of Chief Judges chose the veteran judge to serve as chair of a group of 10 chief judges selected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for judicial administrative oversight throughout the state.

He will work with other court administrators and judges to manage the flow of cases, supervise personnel, develop budgets and meet monthly as a committee to work on issues of statewide importance.

Foust began his term Aug. 12 and in May, was re-appointed to his third term as District 10 chief judge. A chief judge can serve up to three two-year terms on the committee.

Initially appointed to the bench in 1997, Foust is also the chief judge of the Fifth Judicial Administrative District that service Dane, Green, Lafayette and Rock counties.

Foust served as Dane County district attorney from 1989 to 1997 and as presiding judge of the Dane County Circuit Court’s criminal division from 2001 to 2005.

Foust is also a member of the Dane County Criminal Justice Group and the Coordinated Community Response Task Force.

He succeeded Chief Judge John Storck of the Dodge County Circuit Court as chair of the committee of chief judges.

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