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Dane County judge to lead judicial district

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Hanrahan to be chief judge of the Fifth Judicial Administrative District.

Dane, Green, Lafayette and Rock counties make up the Fifth Judicial District.

Hanrahan will take the place of Chief Judge James Daley, who retired from the bench last week. Daley was first appointed chief judge in 2013 and was re-appointed in 2015 and 2017.

Hanrahan will fill in for the rest of Daley’s term, which ends July 31, 2019.

Hanrahan presides over the criminal division of the Dane County Circuit Court. He was appointed to the bench in 2007, elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.

The Supreme Court appoints circuit court judges to serve as chief administrative judge in each of the state’s 10 judicial administrative districts. Chief judges may be appointed for a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms.

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