I'm writing to defend my friend, Coulee Region Joint Municipal Court Judge John Brinckman.
The city's mayor and members of the Onalaska City Council are calling for him to resign — for doing his job. I have known Brinckman since 1983. During that time, I’ve known him to be one of the most honest and upstanding men I have ever known. He is demonstrates fairness both inside and outside the courtroom.
I worked at City Hall for seven years and know how the system works, and who in each department handles the paperwork and the money. It is the clerks assigned to each department — not the judge, not the city clerk, not the park and recreation director — who have that responsibility. When money is paid, it's given to a clerk to ring up and cancel out the debt.
When a parents sign up children for a sports program, the clerk takes the payment, not the judge. When you pay for a dog license, a clerk takes it, not the judge. When you want to purchase a burn permit, a clerk takes it, not the judge. When you pay a parking ticket, a clerk takes it, not the judge. The judge only sees someone who wants to contest a ticket or fine.
Those of us that have had clerical work for City Hall can defend Brinckman. He has done his job and done it fairly.
Cindy Van Riper Buckholtz, Onalaska