Dane County Circuit Judge William Hanrahan has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin as the chief judge of the state’s Fifth Judicial Administrative District.
In addition to continuing to handle criminal cases in Dane County, Hanrahan will act in an administrative capacity for the circuit courts of the Fifth District, which includes Dane, Green, Rock and Lafayette counties.
As chief administrative judge, Hanrahan will work with a deputy judge and a professional administrator to manage the flow of cases in the district as well as meet with other chief judges to work on statewide administrative issues.
Chief judges can be appointed to the position for a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms. Wisconsin has 10 administrative districts to oversee the circuit courts.
Hanrahan is replacing Chief Judge James P. Daley, who retired as a Rock County Circuit Court judge last week. Hanrahan will serve the remainder of Daley’s term, through July 2019.
Hanrahan first joined the Dane County bench by appointment in 2007. He won election in 2008 and was re-elected in 2014. Hanrahan holds the Branch 7 seat of the Circuit Court.
He previously worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice as an assistant attorney general from 1998 to 2007 and as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County from 1988 to 1998.