Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday morning that he has named Michael Screnock to serve as the next Sauk County Circuit Judge.

Six people applied to replace retiring Judge Patrick Taggart. In February, Walker's Judicial Selection Advisory Committee reduced the field to Screnock, former Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett and Baraboo City Attorney Mark Reitz, who later withdrew his application.

Screnock is a native of Sauk County who has worked for the cities of Reedsburg, Washburn and Ashland in various roles. In 2007, he joined the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich. 

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During his time there, Schrenock was part of a “select group” of attorneys that assisted the Wisconsin Department of Justice in defending the state's anti-collective bargaining bill from legal challenges.

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In a judicial application obtained by the Baraboo News Republic through an open records request, Screnock wrote that he was “heavily involved in developing legal strategy, researching related legal principles, and drafting briefs” in the defense of the law. Ultimately, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and an appeals court upheld the law.

Screnock received his juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Business Administration from Eastern College in Pennsylvania. Screnock lives with his family in Marshall, but plans to move back to Sauk County.