Statement of Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler:

“The state’s judicial family is shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Judge Roemer dedicated much of his career to public service in the law. Before taking the bench in 2004, he had served as an assistant district attorney and as an assistant state public defender. He was known by colleagues for his sharp legal mind and his willingness to share his time and knowledge with others. His work made a tremendous difference in the lives of many people in Juneau County and elsewhere in the state. Our deepest sympathy goes to Judge Roemer’s family at this time.”


Former Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John P. Roemer retired from the bench on Aug. 10, 2017. He was first elected in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2016. He previously had served as an assistant district attorney for Juneau County and an assistant state public defender. He also worked in private practice and served as a lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army Reserves.

In his retirement letter to then-Gov. Scott Walker, Roemer wrote:

“I graciously wish to thank the citizens of the state of Wisconsin and the county of Juneau for giving me this precious opportunity to serve as their circuit court judge. It is a responsibility that, at times, I can barely fathom.”

Roemer was recognized as a “true Christian gentleman,” a family man, and had a strong sense of community, Chief Justice Ziegler said.

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