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MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced his appointment of Brenda Yaskal to serve as Columbia County District Attorney.

Ms. Yaskal, a resident of Portage, is currently an assistant corporation counsel for Sauk County. As an assistant corporation counsel, Ms. Yaskal handles mental health commitments and child in need of protective services petitions. In addition, she serves on Sauk County’s Juvenile Justice Committee, Child Death Review Team, and the Drug Endangered Children Team. Prior to that, Ms. Yaskal served as an assistant district attorney for Columbia County for 10 years. Ms. Yaskal prosecuted hundreds of cases, which ranged from speeding violations to sexual assault and homicide.

“Brenda Yaskal is a seasoned criminal prosecutor who will bring more than a decade of experience with her to this important position,” said Gov. Evers. “She has a smart approach to criminal justice and a strong relationship with local law enforcement. I am confident Ms. Yaskal will serve the people of Columbia County well.”

Gov. Evers’ appointment of Ms. Yaskal fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the previous district attorney, who resigned on April 9, 2019. Ms. Yaskal will fill the remainder of the unexpired term that ends in January 2021.

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