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Following the resignation of a top UW System administrator, System officials continue to review other UW employees’ “concerns” about Jessica Tormey’s actions on Oct. 5, when police stopped her for drunken driving.

Other UW employees “had concerns with Ms. Tormey’s choices that evening. Ms. Tormey has resigned, but our HR staff is following up on those employee concerns,” UW System spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said Wednesday.

The full implications of the continuing review — including whether it means factors in addition to the drunken driving incident may have contributed to Tormey’s departure — were not immediately clear.

For now, Marquis said she can’t comment further. Marquis said she may be able to say more after the review is complete.

“Both President Cross and Ms. Tormey were concerned with the media coverage that started earlier this month of Ms. Tormey’s DUI and how that reflected upon the UW System,” Marquis added.

Tormey’s resignation was effective Monday. She had been vice president of university relations for the System, one of four vice presidents who report to UW President Ray Cross. Tormey also had been Cross’ chief of staff.

On Oct. 5, police stopped Tormey, of Fitchburg, for drunken driving in Menomonie, where she was attending a UW Board of Regents meeting. Police said Tormey’s blood-alcohol content was 0.13 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Last month, Tormey pleaded guilty to first-offense drunken driving. She was required to pay a fine of $866.50 and have her driver’s license revoked for six months.


Mark Sommerhauser covers state government and politics for the Wisconsin State Journal.