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Public defender McDougal appointed new circuit judge in Richland County

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A new circuit judge has been appointed in one area county. 

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers named public defender Lisa McDougal to become Richland County judge.  The county has been without a judge since April, when Judge Andrew Sharp retired after 11 years in office. 

For four years, McDougal has been a local manager of the regional public defender’s office in Lancaster, Wis., serving courts in four southwest Wisconsin counties. 

McDougal also helped establish a sobriety court in Richland County. 

She’ll serve as judge until July of 2023 with an election is scheduled for next April.

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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