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Judge Gonzalez — La Crosse’s first female judge — stepping down this summer



La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez is retiring this summer, after 27 years on the bench.

The governor’s office is seeking candidates for the Branch 1 vacancy, reporting that Gonzalez will resign as of July 1.

Gonzalez, a native of the Dominican Republic, was La Crosse County’s first female judge. She came to La Crosse in 1981 to practice law and was first elected as a county judge in 1995, after the retirement of Judge Peter Pappas.

Gonzalez is three years into her latest six-year term. Whoever is appointed to the post would run for a full term in April of 2023.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Kent Porter

    April 1, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    It’s about time this liberal judge steps down , after letting a whole bunch of crack dealing gun toating criminals out on low bail ,only to end up back in court four days later , Great work Romona !!!!!

  2. Thomas Lane

    April 3, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    One less revolving door down town.

  3. Luke

    April 5, 2022 at 7:02 am

    I already feel like our community is safer. Good riddance Gonzalez. The best thing you could’ve done for our community was step down. Sounds like it was forced, too. So just a fuck you, Gonzalez.

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