MADISON – Jackson County could be in line to add a full-time assistant district attorney.
State Rep. Treig Pronschinske, R-Mondovi, joined Assembly colleagues in supporting an amendment to Senate Bill 54 that would provide funding for new assistant district attorney positions in 40 counties in Wisconsin.
That includes one full time position in Jackson County.
“I am proud to support this amendment which will help our local officials in the criminal justice system to address staffing shortages and heavy caseloads,” Rep. Pronschinske said. “This is especially crucial in rural Wisconsin as we have seen an increase in drug-related offenses which have put a great deal of stress on counties. Public safety is one the most significant concerns in our communities.”
With the passage of the amendment, the assistant district attorney positions would begin on July 1, 2019, and would mark the first significant change in attorney staffing levels since late 2003.
Area prosecutors are stepping in to help the Jackson County District Attorney’s office cope after the unexpected loss of the county’s top prosecutor.
Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox died Sept. 4, 2017, after 11 years in the role.
Melissa Inlow, the county’s only assistant prosecutor, has taken over caseload.