Resignation Of Dodge County DA Signals Statewide Problem

(Juneau) The resignation of Dodge County’s district attorney signals a statewide problem concerning public safety. Kurt Klomberg’s last day as the county’s top prosecutor was Friday. As he left the position, Klomberg told WMTV in Madison his office will have zero attorneys working full time. 

“I couldn’t commit that level of malpractice that I knew would happen if I tried to do that on my own,” says Klomberg. 

Klomberg adds the prosecutor shortage is statewide and extremely damaging to the criminal justice system. A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Administration says there are currently 48 vacant assistant district attorney positions, or 10-percent of the budgeted positions in the state.  

Klomberg notes that scores of prosecutor retirements and departures coupled with a lack of viable recruits has left many offices without meaningful options for future staffing, adding that Dodge County is suffering from this reality. He says this is a result of the state’s failure to keep up with the appropriate compensation levels to attract new prosecution talent to these critical public safety positions.  

Klomberg points out that Dodge County and the state will suffer from this neglect for years to come if the governor and the legislature do not act swiftly and decisively.