Dem appointee Jeralyn Wendelberger resigned from the state Ethics Commission last week so she could go to work for a group that lobbies the state.

State law prohibits members of the commission from working for a lobbying principal.

Wendelberger’s resignation has not been publicly announced, and she continues to be listed on the commission’s website as a member of the board.

But responding to an inquiry from WisPolitics.com, interim administrator Colette Reinke said Wendelberger went to work for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and contacted the commission May 15 to tender her resignation.

Wendelberger, a Milwaukee attorney, was appointed to the commission by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse.

Shilling spokeswoman Kate Constalie said the lawmaker will be looking to appoint someone new over the next few weeks.

Bill Keeton, the vice president of ARCW’s government and public relations, said Wendelberger will start with the organization July 9 as a senior staff attorney. Her role, though, will not include government relations or lobbying.

Instead, the group is creating a medical-legal partnership to address issues that arise for patients and overcome “health harming legal needs.” He said an example is an AIDS patient who is facing eviction and tells a doctor. The new effort would then step in to provide a rapid response.

“We’ve been doing legal services for a long time,” he said. “We haven’t been doing it in quite as a coordinated fashion that Jerilyn is going to help us build.”

The commission will meet via teleconference on Friday to discuss an extension of Reinke’s appointment as interim administrator.

The commission tapped her in February to lead the agency after Senate Republican rejected the appointment of Brian Bell to the position.

Reinke’s original appointment was for 90 days, which expires this month.

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