MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new chairman was named Thursday to run the state board which oversees elections and investigates government corruption.
Retired appeals judge David Deininger was picked to chair the Government Accountability Board. He replaces retired Eau Claire judge Thomas Barland.
State law requires a random selection of the board's chairman each year. His name was pulled from a jar.
Six retired judges serve on the panel. And there's one vacancy, after Tim Vocke resigned to run for a circuit judgeship in Oneida County.
Michael Brennan will be the Board's new vice chairman, and Gerald Nichol is the secretary. Deininger is a retired Green County Circuit Judge and appeals judge. He has also served in the state Assembly.
It will be a busy year for the Accountability Board. The agency expects to review up to 1.5 million recall signatures, which seek elections against Governor Scott Walker and five other GOP officials and lawmakers.
The Board will also run the state's first elections under the new law that requires voters to show photo ID's at the polls.
The Board is a defendant in lawsuits that seek to strike down the ID law, as well as new district boundaries for the state Legislature and Congress.